Paper: Surprising Parser Actions and Reading Difficulty

ACL ID P08-2002
Title Surprising Parser Actions and Reading Difficulty
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

An incremental dependency parser’s proba- bility model is entered as a predictor in a linear mixed-effects model of German read- ers’ eye-fixation durations. This dependency- based predictor improves a baseline that takes into account word length, n-gram probabil- ity, and Cloze predictability that are typically applied in models of human reading. This improvement obtains even when the depen- dency parser explores a tiny fraction of its search space, as suggested by narrow-beam accounts of human sentence processing such as Garden Path theory.