Cognitive Processing of Multiword Expressions in Native and Non-native Speakers of English: Evidence from Gaze Data

  • Victoria YanevaEmail author
  • Shiva Taslimipoor
  • Omid Rohanian
  • Le An Ha
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10596)


Gaze data has been used to investigate the cognitive processing of certain types of formulaic language such as idioms and binominal phrases, however, very little is known about the online cognitive processing of multiword expressions. In this paper we use gaze features to compare the processing of verb - particle and verb - noun multiword expressions to control phrases of the same part-of-speech pattern. We also compare the gaze data for certain components of these expressions and the control phrases in order to find out whether these components are processed differently from the whole units. We provide results for both native and non-native speakers of English and we analyse the importance of the various gaze features for the purpose of this study. We discuss our findings in light of the E-Z model of reading.


Gaze Data Multi-word Expressions (MWEs) Phrasing Control Gaze Features Formulaic Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria Yaneva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shiva Taslimipoor
    • 1
  • Omid Rohanian
    • 1
  • Le An Ha
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute in Information and Language ProcessingUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK

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