Prosodic planning while reading aloud: on-line examination of Japanese sentences.


Journal Article

In this paper, we discuss the process of generating prosody on-line while reading a sentence orally. We report results from two studies in which eye-voice span was measured while subjects read aloud. In study one, the average eye-voice span for simple texts was only about 2.5 characters. In study two, the eye-voice span was also about 2.5 characters even when the subjects read garden-path sentences which required reanalysis during processing. That the readers looked only a few characters ahead before reading aloud suggests that the prosody which they generate is not based on a global syntactic analysis, but instead reflects only limited, local syntactic information. The subjects, therefore, make errors and repairs when this locally determined prosody obviously contradicts the meaning of the sentence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kondo, T; Mazuka, R

Published Date

  • March 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 357 - 381

PubMed ID

  • 8667303

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8667303

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6555

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-6905

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf01708578


  • eng