Presentation 2016-01-30
The effect of syntactic processing demands on the text comprehension of Japanese EFL learners
Keiko Sakakibara, Hirokazu Yokokawa,
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Abstract(in English) Successful text comprehension requires the coordinated operation of several component processes. As various cognitive processes involved in reading comprehension are dependent on the same limited processing resources, a delay or failure of processing at one level may undermine text comprehension as a whole. In order to examine whether Japanese EFL learners' increased demands of syntactic processing interfere with their higher-level text comprehension, texts containing two critical sentences that warrant a causal inference were developed. The second sentence of each critical sentence pair always contains either a temporarily ambiguous reduced relative clause or an unambiguous relative clause. The results of a lexical decision task conducted immediately after the relative clause sentences demonstrated that response time to inference probe word was significantly slower in the ambiguous than in the unambiguous condition. The data of the present study suggests that successful text comprehension depends on efficient syntactic processing.
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Keyword(in English) syntactic processing / reduced relative clause / bridging inference / text comprehension / working memory capacity
Paper # TL2015-61
Date of Issue 2016-01-22 (TL)

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Committee TL
Conference Date 2016/1/29(2days)
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Place (in English) Meiji University (Academy Common)
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Topics (in English) Art Thinking / Design Thinking, Thought and Language, etc.
Chair Tadahisa Kondo(Kogakuin Univ.)
Vice Chair Chiaki Kubomura(Yamano College of Aesthetics) / Masami Suzuki(KDDI R&D Labs.)
Secretary Chiaki Kubomura(Univ. of Tsukuba) / Masami Suzuki(Kyorin Univ.)
Assistant Eiji Tomida(Ehime Univ.) / Yasushi Tsubota(Kyoto Univ.)

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Registration To Technical Committee on Thought and Language
Language JPN
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Title (in English) The effect of syntactic processing demands on the text comprehension of Japanese EFL learners
Sub Title (in English) Evidence from a lexical decision task
Keyword(1) syntactic processing
Keyword(2) reduced relative clause
Keyword(3) bridging inference
Keyword(4) text comprehension
Keyword(5) working memory capacity
1st Author's Name Keiko Sakakibara
1st Author's Affiliation Kobe University(Kobe Univ.)
2nd Author's Name Hirokazu Yokokawa
2nd Author's Affiliation Kobe University(Kobe Univ.)
Date 2016-01-30
Paper # TL2015-61
Volume (vol) vol.115
Number (no) TL-441
Page pp.pp.35-40(TL),
#Pages 6
Date of Issue 2016-01-22 (TL)