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The effects of spaces on word segmentation in Chinese reading: Evidence from eye movements
Liu, Pingping1,2,3; Lu, Qin2
2018-05-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING
ISSN0141-0423
SubtypeArticle
Volume41Issue:2Pages:329-349
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Abstract

This paper studies the mechanisms behind the differential effects of inserting a space either before or after a two-character unit on information processing through the examination of eye movements in Chinese, a language where there is no word delimiters. A two-character unit in this study is either a word-preserving stimulus or a word-disrupting stimulus (i.e., nonword). The study aims for a better understanding of the cognitive mechanisms for lexical processing that may underlie observed facilitory or inhibitory effects of the spacing conditions in sentence context. Results show that inserting a space after a word facilitates lexical processing, but inserting a space before a word does not. Inserting a space before and after a nonword, however, does not show these effects. These results indicate that the effects of spaces before and after words are mainly influenced by word segmentation mechanisms rather than landing position effects or other factors.

DOI10.1111/1467-9817.12106
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationCAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health(KLMH2014ZG14) ; National Natural Science Foundation of China(31070904 ; Hong Kong Scholars Program(XJ2015050) ; 31600887)
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology, Educational
WOS IDWOS:000430006600006
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS KeywordSACCADE-TARGET SELECTION ; PARAFOVEAL PREVIEW BENEFIT ; INSERTING SPACES ; UNSPACED TEXT ; RECOGNITION ; READERS ; IDENTIFICATION ; INFORMATION ; CHARACTERS ; FIXATIONS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/26067
Collection中国科学院心理健康重点实验室
Affiliation1.Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Hong Kong Polytech Univ, Dept Comp, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Mental Health, CAS
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Liu, Pingping,Lu, Qin. The effects of spaces on word segmentation in Chinese reading: Evidence from eye movements[J]. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING,2018,41(2):329-349.
APA Liu, Pingping,&Lu, Qin.(2018).The effects of spaces on word segmentation in Chinese reading: Evidence from eye movements.JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING,41(2),329-349.
MLA Liu, Pingping,et al."The effects of spaces on word segmentation in Chinese reading: Evidence from eye movements".JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING 41.2(2018):329-349.
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