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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-262
Number of pages22
JournalThe Language Learning Journal
Volume46
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • cognitive linguistics
  • motion events
  • thinking for speaking
  • romance languages
  • Spanish L2

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