Eye-Tracking Evidence for Integration Cost Effects in Corpus Data

Vera Demberg, Frank Keller

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Abstract

We tested the predictions of Dependency Locality Theory (DLT), a theory of linguistic processing complexity, against reading time data extracted from a large eye-tracking corpus. DLT predicts differences in processing complexity for subject and non-subject relative clauses. We found elevated reading times on two distinct regions of these relative clauses, in line with the complexity effects predicted by DLT. We also found that transitional probability has an effect on reading time in these two regions, independent of the DLT effect. We argue
our approach provides an important new way of testing sentence processing theories by evaluating them against reading data obtained from an eye-tracking corpus of naturally occurring text.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Pages947-952
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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