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Academic Paper

Title: The expression of caused motion by adult Chinese learners of English
Author: Yinglin Ji
Institution: Shenzhen University
Author: Jill Hohenstein
Institution: King's College London
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Typology
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: Although spatial understanding by human beings tends to be universal, the linguistic system to represent one’s spatial experience varies significantly across languages. This study explores implications of this contrast in the field of second language acquisition by examining how adult Chinese learners of English express caused motion in an experimental situation in which they are asked to describe animation clips showing caused motion with varied types of Manner and Path to an imaginary remote addressee. Our findings showed that across proficiencies, L2 learners acclimated to the target system very rapidly and produced responses that were target-like with respect to the selection of motion components and the syntactic means to organize selected information components over an utterance. These results suggest that the acquisition process of caused motion can be facilitated when L1 and L2 share some typological properties and the target system to be acquired is the simple and unambiguous one of the two typological patterns concerned.


This article appears IN Language and Cognition Vol. 6, Issue 4.

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