Acquisition of motion events in L2 Spanish by German, French and Italian speakers

Hijazo-Gascón, Alberto ORCID: (2018) Acquisition of motion events in L2 Spanish by German, French and Italian speakers. The Language Learning Journal, 46 (3). pp. 241-262. ISSN 1753-2167

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This article explores the second language acquisition of motion events, with particular regard to cross-linguistic influence between first and second languages. Oral narratives in Spanish as a second language by native speakers of French, German and Italian are compared, together with narratives by native Spanish speakers. Previous analysis on the expression of motion events in these languages showed that Romance languages do not always follow the same pattern; for example, Italian tends to express the component of Path more frequently than French and Spanish. The results of the present study highlight evidence of intra-typological differences, even between languages that are genetically very close. These differences seem to lead speakers to produce cases of conceptual transfer into their second language, Spanish, even when their first language is another Romance language.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive linguistics,motion events,thinking for speaking,romance languages,spanish l2
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 15:00
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2023 00:47
DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2015.1046085

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