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dc.contributor.authorAntonijevic, Stanislava
dc.contributor.authorBerthaud, Sarah
dc.identifier.citationBerthaud, S., Antonijevic, S. (2012) 'L2 acquisition of verbal constructions: Expressing motion in L2 French and English' In: Bouvere, M.; Legallois, D(Eds.). Constructions in French. Amsterdam : John Benjamins.en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe study examines the production of sentences describing motion in L2 learners, focusing on progress in learning verbal constructions, i.e. pairings of verbs of motion and their compatible syntactic frames in English and French. This is an important issue because verbs that are translational equivalents in the two languages do not necessarily share syntactic frames. Following the idea that the overall meaning of a verb is composed of its core meaning and structural meaning, we expected that after associating translational equivalents from L1 and L2, language learners would progressively associate L2 syntactic frames to the core meaning of the verb. However, this was only true for learners of French. Learners of English did not show improvement in sentence production corresponding to their proficiency level.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipEmbark Initiative (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology).en_IE
dc.publisherJohn Benjaminsen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofConstructions in Frenchen
dc.subjectEnglish L2en_IE
dc.subjectFrench L2en_IE
dc.subjectMotion verbsen_IE
dc.subjectSyntactic framesen_IE
dc.titleL2 acquisition of verbal constructions: Expressing motion in L2 French and Englishen_IE
dc.typeBook chapteren_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedPeer reviewed
dc.local.contactStanislava Antonijevic-Elliott, Speech & Language Therapy, Nui Galway. 5623 Email:

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