A1 Journal article – refereed
Facilitatory and inhibitory effects of grammatical agreement: Evidence from readers' eye fixation patterns

List of Authors: Vainio S, Hyona J, Pajunen A
Publication year: 2003
Journal: Brain and Language
Journal name in source: BRAIN AND LANGUAGE
Journal acronym: BRAIN LANG
Volume number: 85
Issue number: 2
Number of pages: 6
ISSN: 0093-934X

The study examined how grammatical agreement affects reading in Finnish. Readers' eye fixation patterns were recorded when they read one of three alternative versions of the same sentences, where the critical difference was the type of preceding word of the target nouns. The preceding word was (a) an agreeing modifier (mainioksi orkesteriksi = 'for an excellent orchestra'), (b) a non-agreeing modifier that was grammatical, unambiguous and synonymous to the agreeing modifier (kelpo orkesteriksi = 'for an excellent orchestra'), or (c) a baseline condition without a modifier (orkesteriksi = 'for an orchestra'). Two different types of agreement were used, a modifier-head agreement and a possessive agreement. The results showed that the agreeing modifiers facilitate and the non-agreeing modifiers inhibit the reading of the target nouns compared to the neutral baseline condition. These effects appeared in the second-pass reading. The pattern was similar between the two agreement structures. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

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