Keiyu Niikuni

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In the present study, self-paced reading and event-related potential experiments were conducted to explore the roles commas play in reading complex sentences in Japanese, a language in which punctuation rules are less strictly imposed. The results strongly indicated that commas could immediately activate a complex-sentence structure and affect the(More)
This study explored the effects of a comma on the processing of structurally ambiguous Japanese sentences with a semantic bias. A previous study has shown that a comma which is incompatible with an ambiguous sentence's semantic bias affects the processing of the sentence, but the effects of a comma that is compatible with the bias are unclear. In the(More)
This study explored the phonological role of punctuation in silent reading. Previous studies have suggested that commas trigger prosodic information, such as a pause, in implicit phonological processing during reading, which influences sentence processing considerably. In this study, 24 graduate and undergraduate students read, either silently or under(More)
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