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date: 05 April 2020

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This chapter reviews findings investigating the ways the following factors influence eye movements when readers encounter an anomaly or implausibility: 1) the kind of information cueing the anomaly, 2) the severity of the anomaly, 3) the semantic and syntactic context in which the anomaly occurs, and 4) text-external factors like reader-specific characteristics or the orthography of the language being read. The relation of these results to theories of language comprehension is then discussed. The chapter concludes with some ideas about how a new version of the E-Z Reader model of eye movement control during reading (Reichle et al., 2009) might help us understand eye movement reactions to semantic anomalies and how studying those eye movement reactions might help improve the model.

Keywords: implausibility, syntactic context, reading, anomaly, eye movement

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