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Flexible saccade-target selection in Chinese reading

  • As Chinese is written without orthographical word boundaries (i.e., spaces), it is unclear whether saccade targets are selected on the basis of characters or words and whether saccades are aimed at the beginning or the centre of words. Here, we report an experiment where 30 Chinese readers read 150 sentences while their eye movements were monitored. They exhibited a strong tendency to fixate at the word centre in single-fixation cases and at the word beginning in multiple-fixation cases. Different from spaced alphabetic script, initial fixations falling at the end of words were no more likely to be followed by a refixation than initial fixations at word centre. Further, single fixations were shorter than first fixations in two-fixation cases, which is opposite to what is found in Roman script. We propose that Chinese readers dynamically select the beginning or centre of words as saccade targets depending on failure or success with segmentation of parafoveal word boundaries.

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Author:Ming YanORCiDGND, Reinhold KlieglORCiDGND, Eike M. Richter, Antje Nuthmann, Hua Shu
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2010
Year of Completion:2010
Release Date:2017/03/24
Source:Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. - ISSN 1747-0218. - 63 (2010), 4, S. 705 - 725
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert