LINGUIST List 32.3317

Fri Oct 22 2021

Books: Moving Across Languages: Hijazo-Gascón

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Date: 18-Oct-2021
From: Birgit Sievert <>
Subject: Moving Across Languages: Hijazo-Gascón
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Title: Moving Across Languages
Subtitle: Motion Events in Spanish as a Second Language
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Alberto Hijazo-Gascón
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110721072 Pages: 349 Price: U.S. $ 137.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110721027 Pages: 349 Price: U.S. $ 137.99

The book analyzes the complex relationship between languages in the bilingual mind with a focus on motion event typology and the acquisition of Spanish as a second language (L2).

The author starts out by examining L1 patterns which are transferred to less complex L2 systems. The data discussed was elicited by German learners of Spanish. A similar transfer is observed when L1 is typologically and genetically close, as in the case of French and Italian learners of Spanish. Furthermore, the author clarifies the relevance of intra-typological differences within the same linguistic family, including important differences in the lexicalization patterns of Italian with respect to French and Spanish.

The findings contribute to our understanding of the field of motion event typology and thinking-for-speaking. The book demonstrates that conceptual transfer is present in different aspects of the motion lexicalization domain. Interestingly, there are some challenging aspects both for speakers whose first language is typologically different and for those whose language is typologically close. The book offers suggestions on how these challenges in the restructuring of meaning in L2 can be addressed in language teaching. Specifically, pedagogical translation and mediation present promising pathways to the strengthening of semantic competences in the L2.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng)

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