ISSN 0439-755X
CN 11-1911/B

Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (5): 441-452.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2022.00441

• Reports of Empirical Studies •     Next Articles

Parafoveal processing of part-of-speech information in Chinese reading

LU Zijia1,2, FU Ying1,2, ZHANG Manman1,2, ZANG Chuanli1,2(), BAI Xuejun1,2()   

  1. 1Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, Academy of Psychology and Behavior, Tianjin Normal University
    2Faculty of Psychology, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387, China
  • Online:2022-03-23
  • Contact: ZANG Chuanli,BAI Xuejun
  • Supported by:
    the National Natural Science Foundation of China(31800920);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(31571122);Distinguished professor program of “Changjiang Scholar Award Program” of the Ministry of Education(T2017120);National famous cultural experts and four first batch talent projects.


In this study, the gaze-contingent boundary paradigm was used to explore whether the part-of-speech information of parafoveal words can be processed in Chinese reading by manipulating the part-of-speech consistency between the preview words and the target words. The experiment adopted a single factor 3-level design with three previewing conditions: identical preview, part-of-speech non-violation preview and part-of-speech violation preview. The linear mixed model and Bayesian analysis of the experimental data showed that there was no significant difference on fixation durations and fixation probability of the target words under the condition of part-of-speech violation and part-of-speech non-violation suggesting no preview effect of part-of-speech information. The results tended to support the sequential attention shift model, and the future development of eye movement control model should pay more attention to flexibility and universality of the model.

Key words: Chinese reading, boundary paradigm, part-of-speech preview effect, eye movement control model