This study investigated the description of motion in the oral narratives of L1 English-L2 Spanish adult speakers. In English, motion is mostly described in manner verbs e.g., walk. Spanish speakers, however, prefer path verbs e.g., go (Talmy, 2000). L1 and L2 Spanish speakers (10 in each group) watched two excerpts from the Pink Panther and told the stories orally in Spanish. The data showed that the L2 Spanish narratives clearly contained more path verbs than manner verbs. The results indicated a trend towards the acquisition of a Spanish content that is only implicitly presented. It is argued that motion as a comprehensible semantic notion helps learners to notice and naturally acquire the Spanish syntactic mapping for the description of motion.
Selected Proceedings of the 6th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages
edited by David Eddington
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