Research report 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

I know what you will say next (but only because I learnt how to read)

Huettig, Falk
Individuelle Unterschiede in der Sprachverarbeitung; Sprachverstehen
Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen
According to many theories prediction of upcoming events is a fundamental principle of human cognition. New results of the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the University of Allahabad (India) however suggest that literacy (the ability to read and write) is an important prerequisite for the anticipation of words during language processing. Literates (but not illiterates) were found to use syntactic and associative information accessed during the processing spoken sentences to predict which object a speaker would refer to next.

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