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Scott Jarvis (1): Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Investigation of Conceptual Transfer. VIAL. Number 4/2007: 43-71.
This paper clarifies the meaning and scope of the Conceptual Transfer
Hypothesis, explores its historical roots, and shows how it relates to
but also differs from the Thinking for Speaking Hypothesis and the
Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis. Most importantly, the present paper
attempts to outline the theoretical underpinnings of the Conceptual
Transfer Hypothesis and to delineate explicitly how this hypothesis
needs to be tested. One of the most important theoretical issues it
deals with is the distinction between concept transfer and
conceptualization transfer, where the former refers to the effects of
conceptual representations stored in long-term memory (which may differ
crosslinguistically), and the latter refers to the effects of how that
knowledge is processed in working memory (which processes may also show
crosslinguistic differences). The present paper discusses the nature of
both types of conceptual transfer and reviews the findings of several
studies that have investigated them.
Keywords: transfer, concepts, conceptualization, crosslinguistic influence, linguistic relativity.
(1) Ohio University, USA.
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