Dependency Parsing with your Eyes: Dependency Structure Predicts Eye Regressions During Reading

Alessandro Lopopolo, Stefan L. Frank, Antal van den Bosch, Roel Willems


Abstract
Backward saccades during reading have been hypothesized to be involved in structural reanalysis, or to be related to the level of text difficulty. We test the hypothesis that backward saccades are involved in online syntactic analysis. If this is the case we expect that saccades will coincide, at least partially, with the edges of the relations computed by a dependency parser. In order to test this, we analyzed a large eye-tracking dataset collected while 102 participants read three short narrative texts. Our results show a relation between backward saccades and the syntactic structure of sentences.
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W19-2909
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Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
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June
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2019
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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CMCL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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77–85
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https://aclanthology.org/W19-2909
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10.18653/v1/W19-2909
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Alessandro Lopopolo, Stefan L. Frank, Antal van den Bosch, and Roel Willems. 2019. Dependency Parsing with your Eyes: Dependency Structure Predicts Eye Regressions During Reading. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, pages 77–85, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Dependency Parsing with your Eyes: Dependency Structure Predicts Eye Regressions During Reading (Lopopolo et al., CMCL 2019)
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