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Academic Paper

Title: Limitations on the role of frequency in L2 acquisition
Author: Christiane Stutterheim
Author: Monique Lambert
Author: Johannes Gerwien
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: English
Abstract: In the context of theories of statistical learning, frequency of encounter is viewed as a major driving force in L2 acquisition. The present paper challenges this position with respect to core components at the level of language competence which relate to language-specific patterns in cognitive construal. Empirical evidence from very advanced L2 speakers (L1 French, L2 English and L2 German) shows that forms and constructions which are highly frequent in the target languages in the expression of motion events are not used in a target-like form by L2 speakers. The study shows how the basis for language use which is not target-like lies at the level of event construal: conceptual frames, which are language-specific and are deeply anchored in the course of L1 acquisition, drive allocation of attention and the extraction of forms in L2 acquisition. Findings in the domain of spatial cognition show that motion event frames based on the L1 take precedence over frequency of occurrence of forms in the target language as a factor in L2 use.


This article appears IN Language and Cognition Vol. 13, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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