[Corpora-List] Automatic categorization of words.

Normand Peladeau peladeau at simstat.com
Wed Mar 9 15:06:00 CET 2005

I suggest you take a look at the Regressive Imagery Dictionary from our web


This dictionary categorize some words in two broad categories: primary and
secondary processes which is somewhat close but not identical to "concrete"
and "abstract" word. The dictionary can be downloaded for free from our
web site. While the dictionary is available in WordStat format, you should
be able to read it with any text editor and understand its
structure. Several validation studies has been made on this dictionary.

A good reference to the dictionary is:

Martindale, C. (1990). The clockwork muse: The predictability of artistic
change. New York: Basic Books.

You will also find on the web be several other references on this instrument.

Normand Peladeau
Provalis Research

At 3/9/2005 12:03 AM, Cyrus Shaoul wrote:

>Dear List,


>I have been lurking for a while, but decided to post my first question to

>the list today. I am trying to do research on the differences

>between concrete and abstract words (ie: "rock" and "justice").


>Does anyone know of any research or tools related to automatically

>categorizing words into these types of categories (also called

>imageability levels) based on corpus analysis?


>Thanks in advance,


>Cyrus Shaoul

>University of Alberta




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