Word predictability depends on parafoveal preview validity in Chinese reading

Chang, M., Zhang, K., Hao, L., Zhao, S., McGowan, V.A., Warrington, K.L. ORCID: 0000-0003-3206-8002, Paterson, K.B., Wang, J. and Gunn, S.C., 2021. Word predictability depends on parafoveal preview validity in Chinese reading. Visual Cognition, 28 (1), pp. 33-40. ISSN 1350-6285

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Abstract

Research with alphabetic scripts shows that providing an invalid parafoveal preview eliminates or diminishes effects of contextual predictability on word identification, revealing that such effects depend on the interplay between top-down contextual expectations and bottom-up perceptual information. Whether similar effects are observed in character-based scripts like Chinese is unknown. However, such knowledge would extend our understanding of contextual prediction in different writing systems. Accordingly, we conducted an eye movement experiment using the boundary paradigm to assess contextual predictability effects on the processing of target words with valid and invalid parafoveal previews. Interactions between predictability and preview validity were observed in early reading times but not word-skipping for targets. This suggests an interplay between top-down and bottom-up processes drives contextual processing in Chinese reading, but that word-skipping is not strongly mediated by contextual expectations in this script. We consider these findings in relation to differences between alphabetic and non-alphabetic writing systems.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Word predictability in Chinese
Publication Title: Visual Cognition
Creators: Chang, M., Zhang, K., Hao, L., Zhao, S., McGowan, V.A., Warrington, K.L., Paterson, K.B., Wang, J. and Gunn, S.C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2021
Volume: 28
Number: 1
ISSN: 1350-6285
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13506285.2020.1714825DOI
1402435Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Jan 2021 11:30
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42105

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