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Eye-Tracking and the Visual World Paradigm

  • Sanne M. Berends
  • Susanne M. Brouwer
  • Simone A. Sprenger
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Linguistics book series (SBIL)

Abstract

This chapter will focus on the use of eye-tracking in the visual world paradigm. This method can be employed to investigate a number of language comprehension issues, and we will begin with a brief overview of the history of the method and some of the applications. More centrally, we will discuss how it can be used to assess the impact of cross-linguistic interference, proficiency levels, and age of onset in L2 acquisition and L1 attrition, with an introduction to the issues that are involved in designing a study using this technique. As a case in point, we present and discuss the specific experiment employed within the multi-task, multi-language and multi-lab study on which this book is based, with special attention to the issues for analysis that arise when data from multiple systems must be combined.

Keywords

Bilingualism Grammatical gender Eye-tracking Second language acquisition First language attrition  

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanne M. Berends
    • 1
  • Susanne M. Brouwer
    • 2
  • Simone A. Sprenger
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Language and Cognition, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Special Education: Cognitive and Motor DisabilitiesUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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