Converging evidence in the typology of motion events

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This chapter investigates the influence of motion event typology on second language acquisition. Recent research on motion events (e.g. Slobin 1996a/b, 2000, 2004) has shown that speakers of typologically different languages (<i>verb-framed</i> vs. <i>satellite-framed,</i> cf. Talmy 1985, 1991, 2000) differ in where they code manner and path of motion. English, for example, codes manner in the verb and path in adjuncts. Romance languages typically code path in the verb, while manner expression is optional. The corpus analysis focuses on the way Romance learners of English express motion events in their written L2 production. The analysis provides converging evidence with previous research in that learners are likely to transfer the verb-framed patterns from their L1s to their English interlanguage.


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