11. ‘He walked up the pole with arms and legs’

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The present chapter, based on Vidaković (2006), investigates the frequency with which Manner and Path of motion are expressed in speech in English and Serbian and explores language-specific and universal factors influencing L2 acquisition in this domain. It reveals that Manner information is omitted by Serbian native speakers in certain contexts in their L1, which places Serbian closer to the verb-framed end of the typological continuum. English learners of Serbian and Serbian learners of English are influenced by their L1 in terms of Manner mention, but the interplay of L1 and L2 influences is also attested. The universal tendencies in reference to Path are discussed, as well as implications for L2 acquisition, teaching and research on language and cognition.


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