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Title: The effect of word position on eye-movements in sentence and paragraph reading
Authors: Kuperman, V.
Dambacher, Michael
Nuthmann, A.
Kliegl, R.
First Published: 6-Apr-2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Hove), 2010, 63 (9), pp. 1838-1857
Abstract: The present study explores the role of the word position-in-text in sentence and paragraph reading. Three eye-movement data sets based on the reading of Dutch and German unrelated sentences reveal a sizeable, replicable increase in reading times over several words at the beginning and the end of sentences. The data from the paragraph-based English-language Dundee corpus replicate the pattern and also indicate that the increase in inspection times is driven by the visual boundaries of the text organized in lines, rather than by syntactic sentence boundaries. We argue that this effect is independent of several established lexical, contextual, and oculomotor predictors of eye-movement behaviour. We also provide evidence that the effect of word position-in-text has two independent components: a start-up effect, arguably caused by a strategic oculomotor programme of saccade planning over the line of text, and a wrap-up effect, originating in cognitive processes of comprehension and semantic integration.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17470211003602412
ISSN: 1747-0218
eISSN: 1747-0226
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2010, The Experimental Psychology Society. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology on 06 Apr 2010, available online: Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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