Eye Movements of Developing Chinese Readers: Effects of Word Frequency and Predictability

Liu, Nina, Wang, Xia, Yan, Guoli, Paterson, Kevin B and Pagán, Ascensión (2021) Eye Movements of Developing Chinese Readers: Effects of Word Frequency and Predictability. Scientific Studies of Reading, 25 (3). pp. 234-250. ISSN 1088-8438

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The frequency and contextual predictability of words have a fundamental role in determining where and when the eyes move during reading in both alphabetic and non-alphabetic languages. However, surprising little is known about the how the influence of these variables develops, although this is important for understanding how children learn to read. Accordingly, to gain insight into their use during reading development, we examined the effects of orthogonally manipulating the frequency and contextual predictability of a specific target word in sentences on the eye movements of developing Chinese readers. The findings show that both factors influence eye movement behavior associated with the early processing of words during reading, but that effects of contextual predictability are mediated by the lexical frequency of words. We consider these effects in the context of visual and linguistic demands associated with reading Chinese and in relation to current models of eye movement control during reading.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The research was supported by a Chinese Ministry of Education Project of Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in Universities (grant number 15JJD190003) Guoli Yan, and 1000 Talents Visiting Professorship to Kevin Paterson.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43831

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