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Jukka Hyönä, University of Türku, Finland
 
Date: Jun 09, 2011

What: Studying compound word processing via readers’ eye fixation patterns


What: Studying compound word processing via readers’ eye fixation patterns

When: Thursday, June 9th, 5:00pm

Who: Jukka Hyönä, University of Türku, Finland

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.

Summary:

Studying compound word processing in reading is interesting on its own sake, but it also provides a good testbed to examine key theoretical issues related to word identification in reading, such as parallel versus serial processing of lexemes and the size of readers’ attentional span. In my talk I will review eye movement studies of compound word processing in Finnish (and also in Chinese). In many of the studies we have employed the eye-contingent display change paradigm, where a change is initially made to the second lexeme of relatively long two-noun compound words. When the readers make an eye movement from the first lexeme to the second lexeme, the second lexeme is changed back to its intended form, so the incorrect preview is only available prior to fixating the second lexeme. This paradigm allows us to investigate the extent to which two lexemes are processed in parallel. These experiments suggest that two compound word components may be processed in parallel when the frequency of the compound word is sufficiently high or when the identity of the second component is strongly constrained by the first component. In other cases, the evidence speaks for serial processing, despite the fact that preview effects are much greater for concatenated compound words than for adjective-noun phrases.