3 thoughts on “Case marking influences the apprehension of briefly exposed events

  1. Hi Arrate, nice work! If you decide to replicate your work, maybe including the L2 setting as proposed in the discussion, you might also think about recording eye movements at the blank screen during verbal description. As far as I understood, the question is always the same (what happened?), so actually there is no need to have them read it every time again. Would be interesting to see whether there is a bias for early fixation on the blank screen to where the agent was on the picture, as 300 ms is just enough for one saccade, but some initiated saccades might not have reached their landing site by the end of the stimulus presentation.

    1. Hi Ines, thanks for your interesting comments! As it happens, we did analyze second fixations, which would fall on the mask (since participants only had time to launch a single saccade in the 300 ms of exposure to the event picture, as you have noted). These second fixations were directed to the areas previously occupied by event roles, and therefore they turned out to be informative and interesting: the effects in second fixations continued and strengthened the trends from first fixations. As for third fixations, we found that these were randomly distributed and not directed to the event picture anymore, most probably because participants at this point were exposed to the question ‘What happened’ on the screen and stopped looking to the area where the event picture was before.
      As you point out, it would be interesting to see where participants would fixate their gaze if the question ‘What happened’ had been removed. That would be an interesting way to inspect more deeply eye movements during sentence planning and we’ll discuss it in our team for future experiments.

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