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L1-L2 convergence in clausal packaging in Japanese and English

Brown, Amanda and Gullberg, Marianne LU (2013) In Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 16(3). p.477-494
Abstract
This study investigates L1-L2 convergence among bilinguals at an intermediate (CEFR-B2) level of L2 proficiency, focusing on the clausal packaging of Manner and Path of motion. Previous research has shown that Japanese speakers use multi-clause and English speakers single-clause constructions (Allen et al., 2003; Kita & Özyürek, 2003). We compared descriptions of motion from monolingual English and Japanese speakers to L1 and L2 descriptions from Japanese speakers of English as a second (ESL) and foreign (EFL) language. Contrary to previous research, results showed no significant difference between the monolinguals, who predominately used single-clause constructions packaging Manner and Path. However, bilinguals used significantly more... (More)
This study investigates L1-L2 convergence among bilinguals at an intermediate (CEFR-B2) level of L2 proficiency, focusing on the clausal packaging of Manner and Path of motion. Previous research has shown that Japanese speakers use multi-clause and English speakers single-clause constructions (Allen et al., 2003; Kita & Özyürek, 2003). We compared descriptions of motion from monolingual English and Japanese speakers to L1 and L2 descriptions from Japanese speakers of English as a second (ESL) and foreign (EFL) language. Contrary to previous research, results showed no significant difference between the monolinguals, who predominately used single-clause constructions packaging Manner and Path. However, bilinguals used significantly more multi-clause constructions in both their L1 and L2, with no effects of residence in the L2 community. Following Pavlenko (2011a), findings are interpreted as evidence for L1-L2 convergence. We discuss potential bidirectional cross-linguistic influences underpinning the L1-L2 convergence and implications for the restructuring of bilingual grammars. (Less)
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bilingualism, convergence, motion events, clause, Japanese, English
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Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
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16
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477 - 494
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Cambridge University Press
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1366-7289
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10.1017/S1366728912000491
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Cognition, Communication and Learning
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English
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  author       = {Brown, Amanda and Gullberg, Marianne},
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  keyword      = {bilingualism,convergence,motion events,clause,Japanese,English},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {477--494},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  title        = {L1-L2 convergence in clausal packaging in Japanese and English},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728912000491},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2013},
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