Codificación del movimiento por aprendices checos de español: influencia de los patrones de pensar para hablar de la L1 en la L2

Rosalía Calle Bocanegra


Motion encoding by Czech learners of Spanish: Influence of L1 Thinking-for-Speaking patterns in L2

This paper studies verbal encoding of motion events by Czech advanced learners of Spanish and Spanish native speakers. Since these languages differ in terms of Talmy’s (2000) typology of motion encoding, the study aims to assess to what extent the learners acquired the Thinking-for-Speaking patterns (Slobin 1996) of the L2. To this end, written narratives by natives and learners are examined and compared. The results show that the construction “path verb + manner complement”, a typical structure for verb-framed languages such as Spanish, is used significantly less often by the learners compared with the natives. The results also indicate that L1 interference happens when expressing boundary crossing situations in Spanish by the learners, since they tend to use a Manner of motion verb.

Słowa kluczowe: motion verbs, boundary crossing, Thinking-for-Speaking, second language acquisition

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