Click location and syntactic structure

V. M. Holmes, K. I. Forster

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Four experiments are reported in which Ss had to judge the location of clicks superimposed on recorded sentences. The first experiment showed that the accuracy of locating the clicks was a function of the position of the click in the constituent structure, the greatest accuracy being for clicks at major clause boundaries. The second experiment showed that this effect was independent of migration, i.e., the tendency for judgments to be displaced towards the major clause break. In the third experiment, it was shown that the requirement that S reproduce the sentence did not influence the response distribution. Finally, in the fourth experiment, a small but significant trend for location accuracy to decrease with decreasing separation of the click from the major break was found. However, this trend was much smaller than the differences in accuracy for various positions in the constituent structure. It was concluded that click location accuracy can be used as an index of perceptual processing load during recognition of individual sentences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)


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