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Eye fixation patterns during the reading of relative-clause sentences

Eye fixation patterns made by 24 adult French speakers were measured while Ss read subject and object relative-clause sentences. Durations of initial fixations of constituents were similar for all structural types, except for a possible effect of word class within the relative clause. By contrast, regressive movements were influenced by differences in the ease with which the deep structure relations could be assigned. Together with data on the number of errors made in answering an immediate question about each sentence, the eye fixation results do not support the hypothesized canonical-sentoid strategy as a processing heuristic during the reading of these sentences. (31 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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