Tracking Scrambled Word Order While Reasoning with Diagrams


Word order varies not only across languages but also within a specific language. Turkish, for example, has a non-rigid word order. Therefore, it is a good test-bed to understand the processing complexity driven by the order. One way to observe the complexity is to investigate it via diagrammatic reasoning. In this study, 18 sentences with scrambled word orders and the corresponding diagrammatic representations were analyzed by 20 Turkish native speakers. There were deliberate errors in the representations and the participants were asked to report them. The participants’ eye-movement data were also collected. Results indicate that scrambled word ordering also causes latencies in diagrammatic reasoning task. The eye-movement fixation orders showed that the participants favored VSO and VOS eye-fixation orders independent of sentential word orders. It is also concluded that finding the errors in verbal representations were more time consuming than finding the errors in object and subject representations.

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