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ERIC Number: EJ1041620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Context Improves Comprehension of Fronted Objects
Kristensen, Line Burholt; Engberg-Pedersen, Elisabeth; Poulsen, Mads
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v43 n2 p125-140 Apr 2014
Object-initial clauses (OCs) are associated with more processing difficulties than subject-initial clauses (SCs) in a number of languages (e.g. English, German and Finnish), but a supportive context can reduce or neutralize the difference between SCs and OCs with respect to reading times. Still, it is unresolved how context can affect the comprehension of OCs. In the present self-paced reading study of Danish, we therefore investigated both reading times, comprehension accuracy and response times for OCs and SCs. In line with previous studies on word order processing, OCs in an unsupportive context showed longer reading times than SCs, longer response times and a comprehension accuracy as poor as chance level. A manipulation of context showed no effect of reading time, but a supportive context had a stronger facilitating effect on comprehension (response accuracy and response time) for OCs than for SCs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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