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Early, but not overwhelming: The effect of prior context on segmenting overlapping ambiguous strings when reading Chinese.
Huang, Linjieqiong1,2; Li, Xingshan1,2
First AuthorHuang, Linjieqiong
Correspondent Emaillixs@psych.ac.cn
2020-06-02
Source PublicationQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
ISSN1747-0226
Subtypearticle
Pages1747021820926012
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Abstract

The current study investigated how the prior context influences word segmentation of overlapping ambiguous strings when reading Chinese. Chinese readers' eye movements were recorded as they read sentences containing a three-character overlapping ambiguous string (ABC), where both AB and BC were two-character words. In the informative condition, prior contexts provided syntactic information that supported either the first word segmentation (AB-C) or the second word segmentation (A-BC). The neutral condition did not provide syntactic constraint for word-segmentation. The post-target contexts were syntactically consistent with either the first word (AB-C) or the second word (A-BC) segmentation. The results showed that there were higher skipping rates and shorter first-fixation durations on the overlapping ambiguous string region in the informative AB-C condition than those in the informative A-BC condition, whereas no difference between the AB-C and A-BC segmentation types was found in the neutral condition. Readers still made regressions into the overlapping ambiguous string region in the informative condition. These results imply that readers use sentence context information immediately to segment the overlapping ambiguous words, but they do not use the context information fully. The first word (AB) has processing advantages over the second word (BC), suggesting a left-side word advantage.

KeywordChinese reading eye movements sentence context word segmentation
DOI10.1177/1747021820926012
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/31884
Collection中国科学院心理研究所
Corresponding AuthorHuang, Linjieqiong
Affiliation1.CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
2.Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Huang, Linjieqiong,Li, Xingshan. Early, but not overwhelming: The effect of prior context on segmenting overlapping ambiguous strings when reading Chinese.[J]. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,2020:1747021820926012.
APA Huang, Linjieqiong,&Li, Xingshan.(2020).Early, but not overwhelming: The effect of prior context on segmenting overlapping ambiguous strings when reading Chinese..Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,1747021820926012.
MLA Huang, Linjieqiong,et al."Early, but not overwhelming: The effect of prior context on segmenting overlapping ambiguous strings when reading Chinese.".Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2020):1747021820926012.
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