Reading aloud: Eye movements and prosody

Author(s): Isabel Falé, Armanda Costa and Paula Luegi


This study aims to connect data from ocular movements and reading aloud speech to syntactic and discursive properties of texts, in order to understand integrative cognitive processes during reading for understanding. Assuming that in reading aloud there is a close interaction between syntax structure and speech prosody, we collected eye-tracking and reading speech data from 17 females’ native EP speakers. Eye movements and reading speech produced simultaneously were analyzed and our results are quite clear showing that eyes and voice are both responsive to text complexity and to syntactic and discursive critical loci, as key points of information integration.