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ERIC Number: EJ953634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Effects of Grammatical Categories on Letter Detection in Continuous Text
Foucambert, Denis; Zuniga, Michael
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v41 n1 p33-49 Feb 2012
The present study focuses on the interplay between the linguistic principles and the psycholinguistic processes involved in reading. Results from 56 participants on a letter detection task reveal that readers do not process all function words in the same manner. Omission rates were highest for function words occupying the head of maximal projections such as complementizers and determiners. Prepositions were shown to occupy an intermediary position between content and function words, with omission rates varying depending on their semantic load. Together these results appear to bolster and offer a finer grained picture of the role of function words within the framework of both the Guidance Organization (Greenberg et al. in "Psychon Bull Rev" 11(3):428-433, 2004) and Attentional Disengagement (Roy-Charland et al. in "Percept Psychophys" 69(3):324-337, 2007) reading models. The results of the present study are discussed using an X-bar theory approach with the goal of refining the structural account of letter detection errors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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