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ESSL/LacqLab 3/14 - Katsuo Tamaoka

Speaker: Katsuo Tamaoka(Nagoya University, Japan)
Title: Indexing Movement: Eye-tracking experiments on Japanese scrambled sentences
Date/Time: Monday, March 14, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 32-D769 (location change)

Movement is part of many syntactic structures. However, due to the absence of a directly-compatible baseline, it is usually difficult to visualize syntactic movement in sentence. Japanese scrambled sentences provide an ideal environment for visualizing movement. This talk presents the results of eye-tracking experiments that compared scrambled and canonical Japanese sentences. The results indicate three possible indexes for movement; (1) re-reading time of a moved phrase, (2) regression frequency ratio into the moved phrase, and (3) regression frequency ratio out of the possible trace position. At least one of these three (if not all), depending on the ease of processing load, is likely to appear in the scrambled sentences. This talk will propose the possible indexes for movement in the cognitive processing of sentences.