Path encoding in German as a foreign language: Difficulties encountered by L1 Spanish learners

Path encoding in German as a foreign language: Difficulties encountered by L1 Spanish learners AbstractThis article examines the difficulties in the encoding of path in German by 15 L1 Spanish learners with different levels of proficiency. The participants were asked to describe a set of video clips depicting different types of path of motion. The data analysis shows that the observed difficulties are not only related to the typological differences between German and Spanish but also to the complexity of the encoding of path in German. Based on the observed difficulties, this article also presents the first results relating to a didactic approach which should allow L1 Spanish learners of German to more easily acquire the linguistic means to encode path. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (to be published December 2013) de Gruyter

Path encoding in German as a foreign language: Difficulties encountered by L1 Spanish learners

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De Gruyter
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© 2016 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston
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2197-2796
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10.1515/gcla-2016-0006
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AbstractThis article examines the difficulties in the encoding of path in German by 15 L1 Spanish learners with different levels of proficiency. The participants were asked to describe a set of video clips depicting different types of path of motion. The data analysis shows that the observed difficulties are not only related to the typological differences between German and Spanish but also to the complexity of the encoding of path in German. Based on the observed difficulties, this article also presents the first results relating to a didactic approach which should allow L1 Spanish learners of German to more easily acquire the linguistic means to encode path.

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Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (to be published December 2013)de Gruyter

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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