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Russian Sentence Corpus

Russian Sentence Corpus (RSC) is a corpus of eye-tracking data collected from adult native speakers of Russian reading 144 Russian sentences. The project launched in 2014 and was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities grant №17-34-01052a in 2017. The RSC will become a benchmark for comparison of reading mechanisms in the healthy Russian-speaking population and participants who do not have a full mastery of reading skills for varying reasons (Russian-speaking children, bilinguals, dyslexic adults and children, the elderly, and individuals with aphasia). 
The project is the result of collaboration between the Center for Language and Brain, HSE and Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Saint Petersburg State University.

Download project materials:

  • the sentences comprising the corpus,
  • the eye movement data with morphological and phonological annotation,
  • the syntactic annotation (in terms of Dependency Grammar, annotated according to the Universal Dependencies guidelines),
  • thecodebook (only in Russian at the moment, please get in touch if you need it translated).


Laurinavichyute, A. K., Sekerina, I. A., Alexeeva, S., Bagdasaryan, K., & Kliegl, R. (2018). Russian Sentence Corpus: Benchmark measures of eye movements in reading in Russian. Behavior research methods, 1-18.


Project results were presented at the 7th Scandinavian Workshop on Applied EyeTracking (2016), the 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science (2016), the 19th European Conference on Eye Movements (2017), the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (2017), Cognitive Science in Moscow: New Research (2017).

Workshop 'Reading in Cyrillic'

On September 21-22, 2015 the Center for Language and Brain held the workshop "Reading in Cyrillic", which concentrated on basic eye movement properties in reading and Russian corpus presentation.
You can view the workshop materials and download the slides using the links below: 

  1. Irina Sekerina: Introduction, (video)
  2. Reinhold Kliegl:  Distributed Processing During Fixation Duration in Reading (video) High Level Processing (videoA Computational Model of Eye Movements During Reading (video)
  3. Anna Laurinavichyute: Russian Sentence Corpus (video)
  4. Alena Konina, From high to low level reading processing, (video)
  5. Svetlana Alekseeva, Length constraint hypothesis in parafoveal processing during reading (video)
  6. Victor Anisimov, Syntactic Ambiguity (video)
  7. Valeria Demareva: Features of eye movements in reading texts by Russian-speaking students with different levels of language proficiency (video)
  8. Reinhold Kliegl, statistics session - video

Collaborating laboratories that use the RSC

Laboratory of Neuropsychology, MSU (head of the lab - Tatyana V. Akhutina): the correlation between the eye-movements and the scores of cross-neuropscychological assessment of cognitive abilities in children learning to read (7-8 year old).


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