Motion events in Turkish-German contact varieties

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It is generally assumed that the typological characteristics of a language regarding the encoding of motion events have an influence on the usage preferences of native speakers of this language. These preferences could also be reflected in a second language with different typological characteristics. This chapter deals with the question of how motion events are encoded in the L2 German by native speakers of Turkish and how they differ in their preferences from monolingual speakers of German. I show that there are subtle differences between varieties in the encoding of motion events. However, these differences can be described more appropriately in terms of specific preferred and avoided construction types and differing semantic complexity than in the satellite- vs. verb-framed distinction.


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