Vigo International Journal
of Applied Linguistics VIAL
Emanuel Bylund (1): Ultimate attainment of event segmentation and temporal
structuring patterns in speakers of L2 Swedish. VIAL. Number 8/2011: 28-53.
This study investigates ultimate attainment of patterns of segmentation and
temporal structuring of events in L2 speakers. The participant group consists of 35 L1
Spanish – L2 Swedish adult bilinguals living in Sweden, with ages of L2 acquisition
ranging from 1 to 19 years. Fifteen native speakers of Swedish and 15 native speakers
of Spanish were engaged as controls. The participants provided online-retellings
of a film excerpt. The results showed that the L2 speakers resorted to an event
segmentation strategy with an intermediate degree of event resolution, which fell in
between the mono lingual Spanish high degree of resolution and the monolingual
Swedish low degree of resolution. Regarding temporal structuring patterns, the
results showed that the L2 speakers converged with the Swedish-speaking controls,
linking the events by means of anaphoric adverbials (i.e., “x then y”). There was no
effect of age of L2 acquisition on the L2 speakers’ degree of conformity with Swedish
native speaker behaviour.
Keywords: Bilingualism, Event conceptualization, Second language acquisition,
Swedish, Ultimate attainment.
(1) Univerity of Western Cape, South Africa./Stockholm University, Sweeden
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