Motion events contrasts in Romance languages: Deixis in Spanish as a second language

Alberto Hijazo-Gascon

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This chapter explores language contrasts among Romance languages in the semantic domain of motion events. Romance languages are verb-framed languages in the typology of motion events by Talmy (1985, 2000). However, some intratypological differences have been observed among them, regarding the expression of certain components such as Path, Cause, and Deixis. The aim of this chapter is twofold. First, it discusses how these semantic contrasts have implications for the theoretical framework of study of motion events. Second, it examines how these intratypological contrasts impact on the acquisition of a second language by speakers of a typologically-close and genetically-related language. This is illustrated with examples from Spanish as a second language by native speakers of French and Italian.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMotion and Space across languages
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and applications
EditorsIraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Electronic)9789027265364
ISBN (Print)9789027246752
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Publication series

NameHuman Cognitive Processing


  • caused motion
  • second language acquisition
  • Deixis
  • Path
  • Romance languages

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