Wuggy: a multilingual pseudoword generator

Wuggy is a pseudoword generator particularly geared towards making nonwords for psycholinguistic experiments. Wuggy makes pseudowords in Basque, Dutch, English, French, German, Serbian (Cyrillic and Latin), Spanish, and Vietnamese.

If you have trouble running Wuggy on Windows, please try these instructions. This fix works for Windows 7 and later.

License GPL2.0

5 Comments to “Wuggy: a multilingual pseudoword generator”

  1. Steve Neufeld 15 August 2010 at 18:11 #

    Wonderful program for pseudowords! Thanks for sharing this with the community! I’m working on a project that involves a YES/NO test of lexical items based on the most commonly used 20,000 words in English. The YES/NO test is based on an algorithm developed by Paul Meara at Swansea University, and it requires a set of pseudowords as a check against guessing. Your program fits my needs to a tee.

    I hope to write up a research paper on this. How should I cite the Wuggy program?

    Thanks again!

  2. admin 15 August 2010 at 20:39 #


    We’re glad that you find Wuggy useful! Our paper on Wuggy will be published in the August 2010 issue of BRM and should be cited as Keuleers, E., & Brysbaert, M. (2010). Wuggy: A multilingual pseudoword generator. Behavior Research Methods 42(3). Check this page for the exact reference later.

  3. Bob 10 October 2010 at 05:11 #

    The source tar file is missing a file. The python statement “import Levenshtein” fails.

  4. emmanuel Keuleers 10 October 2010 at 13:19 #

    To run Wuggy on Linux, you will need to install:

    1. python-Levenshtein-0.10.1 (http://code.google.com/p/pylevenshtein/)
    2. wxpython > (for installing wxpython on Ubuntu or Debian, see http://wiki.wxpython.org/InstallingOnUbuntuOrDebian)
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