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Eye movement control in reading unspaced text: the case of the Japanese script.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11483180     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study examines the landing-site distributions of the eyes during natural reading of Japanese script: a script that mixes three different writing systems (Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana) and that misses regular spacing between words. The results show a clear preference of the eyes to land at the beginning rather than the center of the word. In addition, it was found that the eyes land on Kanji characters more frequently than on Hiragana or Katakana characters. Further analysis for two- and three-character words indicated that the eye's landing-site distribution differs depending on type of the characters in the word: the eyes prefer to land at the word beginning only when the initial character of the word is a Kanji character. For pure Hiragana words, the proportion of initial fixations did not differ between character positions. Thus, as already indicated by Kambe (National Institute of Japanese Language Report 85 (1986) 29), the visual distinctiveness of the three Japanese scripts plays a role in guiding eye movements in reading Japanese.
N Kajii; T A Nazir; N Osaka
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0042-6989     ISO Abbreviation:  Vision Res.     Publication Date:  2001 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-02     Completed Date:  2001-09-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2503-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, 606-8501, Kyoto, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Fixation, Ocular / physiology
Saccades / physiology*
Space Perception / physiology

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