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ERIC Number: EJ785575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Immediacy of Integration in Discourse Comprehension: Evidence from Chinese Readers' Eye Movements
Wang, Suiping; Chen, Hsuan-Chih; Yang, Jinmian; Mo, Lei
Language and Cognitive Processes, v23 n2 p241-257 Mar 2008
An eye-movement study was conducted to examine whether Chinese readers immediately activate and integrate related background information during discourse comprehension. Participants were asked to read short passages, each containing a critical word that fitted well within the local context but was inconsistent or neutral with background information from the early part of the passage. This manipulation of textual consistency produced reliable effects on both first-pass reading fixations in the target region and second-pass reading times in the pre-target and target regions. These results indicate that integration processes start very rapidly in reading text in a writing system with properties that encourage delayed processing, suggesting that immediate processing is likely a universal principle in discourse comprehension. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China