Children's Printed Word Database


Stuart, Masterson, Dixon & Quinlan (1993-1996) developed a computerised database of words which appear in books for children in the first two years of primary school.  This was used to develop stimuli for experimental work investigating the literacy acquisition of young children.  This document describes the extension of this database to cover the first four years of primary school, and putting it onto the web for easy access.

The database will provide the academic community with an accessible database of young children’s printed word vocabulary.  For the first time researchers interested in the empirical investigation of the development of printed work recognition skills will have access to an up-to-date source of stimuli.  This will allow stringent experimental control over variables such as word frequency, orthographic neighbourhood size and spelling-sound consistency at both grapheme-phoneme and rime levels.  Teachers and other practitioners will be able to discover which words children need to know (and be taught) in order to read at a given level.  The database will also allow the development of literature for children with reading difficulties with age-appropriate content presented in the highest frequency, earliest learnt vocabulary. 


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