PhonItalia: a phonological lexicon for Italian

Jeremy Goslin*, Claudia Galluzzi, Cristina Romani

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In this article, we present the first open-access lexical database that provides phonological representations for 120,000 Italian word forms. Each of these also includes syllable boundaries and stress markings and a comprehensive range of lexical statistics. Using data derived from this lexicon, we have also generated a set of derived databases and provided estimates of positional frequency use for Italian phonemes, syllables, syllable onsets and codas, and character and phoneme bigrams. These databases are freely available from This article describes the methods, content, and summarizing statistics for these databases. In a first application of this database, we also demonstrate how the distribution of phonological substitution errors made by Italian aphasic patients is related to phoneme frequency. © 2013 Psychonomic Society, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-886
Number of pages15
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Issue number3
Early online date4 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2014


  • aphasic errors
  • lexical statistics
  • phonological lexicon


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