In recent years interest in L2 reading research has focused largely on word frequency, sentence level, word recognition, and several researchers have begun to use eye tracking to better study reading behaviors. Parshina et al. (under review) have found that high proficiency heritage speakers of Russian read faster in terms of gaze duration and total time and had fewer regressions than low proficiency heritage speakers. The current study focuses on the establishment of benchmarks for L2 Russian readers in terms of first fixation duration, gaze duration, and total time when reading a complete passage, and compares these variables among different proficiency levels. Thirty-two students participated in the study with proficiency levels ranging from Novice to Superior. Subjects completed eye tracking and reading comprehension passages with the use on an eye tracker to asses reading abilities. Results show that all participants read L1 significantly faster than L2 in terms of first fixation duration. Additionally, all proficiency levels read Intermediate passages faster than Advanced passages. These results help establish the first benchmarks for eye tracking in Russian as an L2.
College and Department
Humanities; Center for Language Studies
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rybakova, Anastasiia Nikol, "Measuring L2 (Russian) Reading Proficiency Across Various Levels Using Eye Tracking" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 9075.
Keywords: language acquisition, eye movement benchmarks, eye tracking, second-language reading, Russian, reading behavior