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The impact of nominalisations on the reading process: A case-study using the Freiburg Legalese Reading Corpus

  • The author presents a study using eye-tracking-while-reading data from participants reading German jurisdictional texts. I am particularly interested in nominalisations. It can be shown that nominalisations are read significantly longer than other nouns and that this effect is quite strong. Furthermore, the results suggest that nouns are read faster in reformulated texts. In the reformulations, nominalisations were transformed into verbal structures. Reformulations did not lead to increased processing times of verbal constructions but reformulated texts were read faster overall. Where appropriate, results are compared to a previous study of Hansen et al. (2006) using the same texts but other methodology and statistical analysis.

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Author:Sascha Wolfer
ISBN:978-3-944675-98-5 (Digital)
ISBN:978-3-946234-65-4 (Hardcover)
Parent Title (English):Eyetracking and Applied Linguistics
Series (Serial Number):Translation and Multilingual Natural Language Processing (2)
Publisher:Language Science Press
Place of publication:Berlin
Editor:Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Sambor Grucza
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/30
GND Keyword:Kognitive Linguistik; Lesen; Nominalisierung; Sprachstatistik; Sprachverarbeitung
First Page:163
Last Page:185
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland