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.

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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