Title
Reading during sentence composing and error correction: a multilevel analysis of the influences of task complexity Reading during sentence composing and error correction: a multilevel analysis of the influences of task complexity
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Dordrecht ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Reading and writing. - Dordrecht
Volume/pages
23(2010) :7 , p. 803-834
ISSN
0922-4777
ISI
000279840900004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this study we investigated the role of reading, how writers coordinate editing with other writing processes. In particular, the experiment examines how the cognitive demands of sentence composing and the type of error influence the reading and writing performance. We devised an experimental writing task in which participants corrected an embedded error (orthographic near-neighbors or farneighbors) and completed a sentence (using 1 or 3 context words)in either order. Data were collected by logging keystrokes and recording eye-movements. The results revealed that both error and sentence complexity influenced the approach to error-correcting. Participants generally completed the partial sentence first, and then corrected the error (approximately 90% of the items). Task complexity reinforced this tendency. Moreover, in most of these cases, the error was fixated at least once prior to sentence completion. This suggests that the error was detected (at least partially), but the correction response was inhibited. The differences in cognitive load also affect the reading activity during planning. This investigation illustrates how the interplay of two task factors, error and sentence complexity, appears to influence how writers coordinate error-correcting with sentence composing.
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