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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (1): 11-19.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00011

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The role of semantic and syntactic information in parafoveal prcoessing during reading

ZANG Chuanli(), LU Zijia, ZHANG Zhichao   

  1. Academy of Psychology and Behavior, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300074, China
  • Received:2018-04-17 Online:2019-01-15 Published:2018-11-23


A debated issue in eye movement reading research concerns the extent to which readers preprocess words in the parafovea. There have been convergent findings that readers can extract visual and lexical (e.g., orthographic, phological) information from parafoveal words during reading. However, there is some controversy regarding whether readers can extract higher linguistic level (e.g., semantic and syntactic) information from the parafovea. We reviewed current findings in relation to parafoveal preview benefits during reading of alphabetic languages like English and non-alphabetic language like Chinese, mainly focusing on the processing of semantic and syntactic information of upcoming words in the parafovea, and how the current eye movement control models such as E-Z reader model and SWIFT model explain these findings. Finally, we discussed the implications of semantic and syntactic preview benefits for these models and considered future research directions in this field of eye movement control during reading.

Key words: parafoveal processing, semantic, syntactic, Chinese reading

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