It is often useful in experiments on the psychology of language to
have stimuli that resemble real words but are not meaningful. To be
more specific, a (written English) pseudoword is defined as a string
of letters that is pronounceable and conforms to the English
orthographic pattern and is pronounceable, but has no meaning. It is
possible to automatically generate pseudowords from a word list; since
these are only probably pseudowords by the definition, we call them
BBL has chosen to make available a list of 14,000 probable pseudowords, and the software that was used to generate it.
The words on the list, and the software itself, may be used freely
provided that proper credit is given; see the file COPYING for
Paul Hughett (2006). A Markov Chain Method for Generating Written English Probable Pseudowords. Submitted for publication.
Software and Data
Pword14 - A list of 14,000 written English probable pseudowords, and the software used to generate them.