Paper: Using Eye Movements To Study Spoken Language Comprehension: Evidence For Incremental Interpretation (Invited Talk)

ACL ID P96-1007
Title Using Eye Movements To Study Spoken Language Comprehension: Evidence For Incremental Interpretation (Invited Talk)
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors

Subjects naturally make saccadic eye-movements to objects that are closely time-locked to relevant information in the instruction. Thus the eye-movements provide a window into the rapid mental processes that underlie spoken language comprehension. We review studies of reference resolution, word recognition, and pragmatic effects on syntactic ambiguity resolution. Our studies show that people seek to establish reference with respect to their behavioral goals during the earliest moments of linguistic processing. Moreover, referentially relevant non-linguistic information immediately affects how the linguistic input is initially structured. Introduction Many important questions about language comprehension can only be answered by examining processes that are closely time-locked to the linguis...