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The influence of focus on eye movements during reading

Ruth Filik, Kevin B. Paterson and Antje Sauermann

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199539789.013.0051

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The influence of focus on eye movements during reading

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In this chapter, we review research investigating the influence of linguistic focus on eye movements during reading. Focus is the assignment of prominence by phonological or syntactic means, which either marks new information or indicates that a contrast should be made between the focused information and some alternatives to it. We show that focus has a wide ranging influence on reading, from the processing of individual words, to the processing of sentence structure, the computation of reference, and the nature of the mental representation constructed by a reader. We conclude that eye movement research has been successful in revealing readers’ sensitivity to focus during language comprehension, and its influence on higher-order language processing during the reading and understanding of text.

Keywords: focus; eye movements; reading; language processing; phonological

Article.  11645 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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