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Language and thought in a multilingual context: The case of isiXhosa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
2014 (English)In: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, ISSN 1366-7289, E-ISSN 1469-1841, Vol. 17, no 2, 431-441 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Situated within the grammatical aspect approach to motion event cognition, this study takes a first step in investigating language and thought in functional multilinguals by studying L1 isiXhosa speakers living in South Africa. IsiXhosa being a non-aspect language, the study investigates how the knowledge and use of additional languages with grammatical aspect influence cognition of endpoint-oriented motion events among L1 isiXhosa speakers. Results from a triads-matching task show that participants who often used aspect languages and had greater exposure to English in primary education were less prone to rely on endpoints when categorising motion events.

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2014. Vol. 17, no 2, 431-441 p.
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linguistic relativity, motion events, grammatical aspect, multilingualism, isiXhosa
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103435DOI: 10.1017/S1366728913000503ISI: 000337729600011OAI: diva2:717646
Available from: 2014-05-16 Created: 2014-05-16 Last updated: 2014-11-29Bibliographically approved

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