Article published in:Space and Time in Languages and Cultures: Linguistic diversity
Edited by Luna Filipović and Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt
[Human Cognitive Processing 36] 2012
► pp. 325–346
14. Expressing simultaneity using aspect
A comparison of oral productions in French L1, Tunisian Arabic L1, and French L2 by Tunisian learners
This cross-linguistic study examines the use of aspectual perspective in the L1 vs L2 expression of simultaneity in two typologically different native languages, Tunisian Arabic and French. We contrast the linguistic devices employed and study the interaction between Tunisian Arabic L1 and French L2 in the acquisition of this temporal relation. Strongly inspired by the categorisation of Schmiedtová (2004), we identify different aspectual styles used in native speakers’ and learners’ productions. We observe that the learners’ aspectual styles, as well as the types of adverbials selected, deviate from the French native speakers’ styles (see also Chan et al., this volume, on L2 acquisition of aspect). Rather, they are comparable to their aspectual perspectives in their L1.
Keywords: aspectual perspective, cross-linguistic influence, event conceptualisation, event construal
Published online: 24 July 2012
Cited by 2 other publications
Howard, Martin & Pascale Leclercq
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