About this Research Topic
This Research Topic aims to contribute to our understanding of how motion events are acquired in the second/multiple language learning process. The in-depth study of specific components and subcomponents of motion, such as Cause and Deixis (beyond the more heavily researched contrast between Manner and Path), may allow us to make significant progress in this area. Furthermore, new approaches such as the multilingual turn in second language acquisition, which compares different types of multilingual speakers, or the use of innovative techniques such as eye-tracking can shed new light on the debate. Finally, by focusing on target languages other than English, this Research Topic will also contribute to a better understanding of how motion events are acquired across less-researched languages. In this way, we aim to promote studies on motion events that may identify overlooked areas and thereby cross boundaries into unexplored territories.
We welcome contributions that explore the acquisition of motion events in additional languages (L2, L3, LX…) with different types of bilingual or multilingual speakers (early, late, heritage bi-/multilinguals), particularly in less commonly researched language pairs in this typology, including minority languages. Studies focusing on understudied areas of motion are particularly welcome (including specific semantic restrictions, the acquisition of particularly challenging aspects of motion, in-depth study of particular semantic components, gesture and SLA). We welcome submissions employing a wide range of innovative methodologies, including psycholinguistic, longitudinal and cross-sectional acquisition studies, as well as innovative pedagogical interventions.
Keywords: Cognitive linguistics, Semantic typology, Motion events, Second Language Acquisition, Cross-linguistic influence
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