Title

Why reread? Evidence from garden-path and local coherence structures

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2017

Abstract

Two eye-tracking experiments were conducted to compare the online reading and offline comprehension of main verb/reduced relative garden-path sentences and local coherence sentences. Rereading of early material in garden-path reduced relatives should be revisionary, aimed at reanalysing an earlier misparse; however, rereading of early material in a local coherence reduced relative need only be confirmatory, as the original parse of the earlier portion of these sentences is ultimately correct. Results of online and offline measures showed that local coherence structures elicited signals of reading disruption that arose earlier and lasted longer, and local coherence comprehension was also better than garden path comprehension. Few rereading measures in either sentence type were predicted by structural features of these sentences, nor was rereading related to comprehension accuracy, which was extremely low overall. Results are discussed with respect to selective reanalysis and good-enough processing.

Publication Name

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Volume Number

70

First Page

1380

Last Page

1405

Issue Number

7

DOI

10.1080/17470218.2016.1186200

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