Vigo International Journal
of Applied Linguistics VIAL
Barbara Schmiedtová (1): Do L2 speakers think in the L1 when speaking in the L2? VIAL. Number 8/2011: 138-179.
The article presents the results of an elicitation study, including linguistic, eyetracking
and memory data, with 22 advanced Czech and 22 advanced Russian L2
speakers of German, as well as 22 native speakers of German producing verbalizations
of a set of short video clips. It investigates the role of grammatical forms in the
construal of goal-oriented motion events. All three measures--verbalization,
allocation of attention, and memory--point in the same direction: although advanced
L2 speakers are successful in learning the necessary forms and their appropriate
functions, they seem not to succeed in mapping these forms onto the principles
required for the construal of events in the target language. This suggests that even
for highly proficient L2 speakers, conceptual restructuring into the direction of the
L2 is limited.
Keywords: Adult second language acquisition, conceptualization, motion events,
eye-tracking, advanced L2 speakers.
(1) University of Heidelberg, Germany.
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