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Tue May 20 2003

Diss: Lang Acquisition: Luciani "Metafora y ..."

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  1. mercedes_luciani, New Dissertation Abstract added

Message 1: New Dissertation Abstract added

Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 19:04:43 +0000
From: mercedes_luciani <>
Subject: New Dissertation Abstract added

New Dissertation Abstract

Institution: Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina
Program: Maestria en Didacticas Especificas 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2001 
Author: Mar´┐Ża de las Mercedes Luciani
Dissertation Title: Metafora y Adquisicion de una Segunda Lengua

Linguistic Field:
	Language Acquisition 
	Cognitive Science 
	Applied Linguistics

Subject Language: Spanish (code: SPN); English (code: ENG)

Dissertation Director 1: Daniel Jose Fernandez

Dissertation Abstract: 

This dissertation focuses on the development of metaphorical
competence and its relationship with the learning/acquisition of a
second language.

Specially designed activities are implemented to introduce the concept
of conceptual metaphor and linguistic instantiations. These
consciousness-raising tasks are expected to create suitable learning
contexts, in which differences and/or correspondances in metaphorical
uses in L1 and L2 are made explicit. It is also believed that these
learning contexts will favour intake enhancement and explicit learning
of the topic. Explicit learning is here viewed as a facilitator of
implicit knowledge construction.

The positive results obtained by the experimental group suggest that
this methodological approach may have a positive impact on learners,
encouraging them to participate actively in learning contexts which
favour deep-level cognitive processing and mediated
discovery. Therefore, it is possible to enhance the development of
metacognitive awareness and metaphorical competence in a second
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