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The Construal of Goal-Oriented Motion Events by Swedish Speakers of L2 Spanish: Encoding of motion endpoints and Manner of motion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0374-2352
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2015 (English)In: The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings / [ed] Tiffany Judy and Silvia Perpiñán, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015, 233-254 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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Research on motion event construal has shown that speakers of languages with grammatical aspect are less prone to encoding motion endpoints than are speakers of languages in which aspect is not a grammatical category (e.g., Carroll & von Stutterheim, 2006; Schmiedtová, von Stutterheim, & Carroll, 2011). Parallel to this, various studies have shown that speakers of Romance languages are less prone than speakers of Germanic languages (like Swedish or Danish) to convey information about Manner of motion, i.e., Spanish L1 speakers, usually leave Manner to be inferred and normally provide more information about the settings in which motion occurs (e.g., Berman & Slobin, 1994; Slobin, 1996). Using these cross-linguistic differences as a starting point, several studies have investigated whether L2 speakers whose L1 and L2 have contrasting ways of encoding motion events are likely to transfer the construal patterns of the L1 to the L2. Findings from these studies show that L2 learners indeed anchor their L2 endpoint encoding preferences in the L1 and that learners may even transfer the construal patterns of their L1 when encoding Manner. The aim of the current study is to extend this line of research to Swedish speakers of L2 Spanish. This is a language-pair that so far has remained unexplored in this regard. Apart from examining endpoint encoding frequencies, the study also offers a more detailed analysis of the syntactic properties of endpoint and Manner encoding than has previously been done. We will show that by refining the linguistic analysis of endpoint and Manner encoding, we gain not only a better understanding of the phenomenon of L1 transfer, but also a more nuanced picture of the variables underlying cross-linguistic differences in endpoint patterns.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015. 233-254 p.
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Motion events, events construal, endpoint encoding, satellite-framed languages, Manner-framed languages, Path, Manner.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128259DOI: 10.1075/ihll.3.09donISBN: 9789027258021OAI: diva2:913727
Available from: 2016-03-22 Created: 2016-03-22 Last updated: 2016-03-22

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