Processing words and Short Message Service shortcuts in sentential contexts: An eye movement study

Lesya Y. Ganushchak*, Andrea Krott, Steven Frisson, Antje S. Meyer

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether Short Message Service shortcuts are more difficult to process in sentence context than the spelled-out word equivalent and, if so, how any additional processing difficulty arises. Twenty-four student participants read 37 Short Message Service shortcuts and word equivalents embedded in semantically plausible and implausible contexts (e.g., He left/drank u/you a note) while their eye movements were recorded. There were effects of plausibility and spelling on early measures of processing difficulty (first fixation durations, gaze durations, skipping, and first-pass regression rates for the targets), but there were no interactions of plausibility and spelling. Late measures of processing difficulty (second run gaze duration and total fixation duration) were only affected by plausibility but not by spelling. These results suggest that shortcuts are harder to recognize, but that, once recognized, they are integrated into the sentence context as easily as ordinary words.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-179
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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