Semantic categorization of placement verbs in L1 and L2 Danish and Spanish

Cadierno, Teresa, Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide and Hijazo-Gascon, Alberto ORCID: (2016) Semantic categorization of placement verbs in L1 and L2 Danish and Spanish. Language Learning, 66 (1). pp. 191-223. ISSN 1467-9922

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This study investigates sematic categorization of the meaning of placement verbs by Danish and Spanish native speakers and two groups of intermediate second language (L2) learners (Danish learners of L2 Spanish and Spanish learners of L2 Danish). Participants described 31 video clips picturing different types of placement events. Cluster analyses revealed considerable differences in the semantic categorization of these events in Danish and Spanish as well as learning difficulties for the two learner groups. When Danish and Spanish differ in the number and nature of semantic distinctions, L2 verb meaning reconstruction becomes challenging when moving from a more to a less complex system and vice versa. Both learner groups used noncaused motion verbs, overgeneralized given placement verbs, and tended to use L2 verbs haphazardly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: semantic categorization,placement,danish,spanish
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2023 00:47
DOI: 10.1111/lang.12153

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