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Title: Sandhi-tone words prolong fixation duration during silent sentence reading in Chinese
Authors: Pan, J
Zhang, C 
Huang, X 
Yan, M
Issue Date: Apr-2021
Source: Reading and writing, Apr. 2021, v. 34, p. 841-857
Abstract: The current study examined whether or not lexical access is influenced by detailed phonological features during the silent reading of Chinese sentences. We used two types of two-character target words (Mandarin sandhi-tone and base-tone). The first characters of the words in the sandhi-tone condition had a tonal alternation, but no tonal alternation was involved in the base-tone condition. Recordings of eye movements revealed that native Mandarin Chinese readers viewed the base-tone target words more briefly than the sandhi-tone target words when they were infrequent. Such articulation-specific effects on visual word processing, however, diminished for frequent words. We suggest that a conflict in tonal representation at a character/morpheme level and at a word level induces prolongation in fixation duration on infrequent sandhi-tone words, and conclude that these tonal effects appear to reflect articulation simulation of words during the silent reading of Chinese sentences.
Keywords: Chinese
Eye movement
Sentence reading
Tone sandhi
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Reading and writing 
ISSN: 0922-4777
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-020-10093-7
Rights: © Springer Nature B.V. 2020
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