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Time-driven effects on parsing during reading

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 267-272
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Brain and Language
Volym: 121
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Academic Press


The phonological trace of perceived words starts fading away in short-term memory after a few seconds. Spoken utterances are usually 2–3 s long, possibly to allow the listener to parse the words into coherent prosodic phrases while they still have a clear representation. Results from this brain potential study suggest that even during silent reading, words are organized into 2–3 s long ‘implicit’ prosodic phrases. Participants read the same sentences word by word at different presentation rates. Clause-final words occurring at multiples of 2–3 s from sentence onset yielded increased positivity, irrespective of presentation rate. The effect was interpreted as a closure positive shift (CPS), reflecting insertion of implicit prosodic phrase boundaries every 2–3 s. Additionally, in participants with low working memory span, clauses over 3 s long produced a negativity, possibly indicating increased working memory load.


  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Language
  • Short-term memory
  • Time-driven constant
  • Event-related potentials
  • Reading
  • Prosodic phrase
  • Implicit prosody
  • CPS
  • Working memory


  • Grammar, Prosody, Discourse and the Brain. ERP-studies in speech processing
  • Cognition, Communication and Learning
  • ISSN: 1090-2155

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