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Title: The effect of language mode on motion event descriptions in German–French bilinguals
Author: Raphael Berthele
Author: Ladina Stocker
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Subject Language: French
German
Abstract: When describing motion in space, speakers of French and German are known to show different preferences. In French, the verb typically encodes the path, whereas in German the manner in which the figure moves is mapped onto the verb. In this paper, this difference between the two languages is investigated, drawing on the data produced by forty participants. All participants are multilinguals, with German and French as their two strongest languages. They described fifty video clips in two sessions, once in monolingual and once in bilingual mode. The critical stimuli were always described in German in both language modes, the fillers in German in monolingual mode but in French in bilingual mode. The analyses of the manner and path verb uses show that, in a bilingual mode, speakers significantly converge towards the French model, that is, they reduce the preference for manner verbs and increase the proportion of path verbs.

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This article appears IN Language and Cognition Vol. 9, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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