Chapter published in:Linguistic Approaches to Portuguese as an Additional Language
Edited by Karina Veronica Molsing, Cristina Becker Lopes Perna and Ana Maria Tramunt Ibaños
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 24] 2020
► pp. 149–164
How learners of Portuguese as an additional language talk about their experience from a cognitive perspective
This study aims to investigate how international students at a Brazilian university conceptualize their experience of learning Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL). In the light of Cognitive Linguistics and at an interface with Applied Linguistics, we identify, analyze, and interpret metaphors and metonymies (Cameron, 2003, 2010; Lakoff & Johnson, 1980) that emerge from a focus group discussion of learners of PAL about their experiences. Therefore, we investigate what the PAL learning process is like from an emic perspective. Building on previous work by Ferreira (2014), Gomes Jr. (2015), and Oliveira and Ferreira (2016), results point to the use of conceptual metaphors such as language is a container, culture is a parent, and language is a commodity.
Keywords: metaphor, metonymies, Portuguese learning
Published online: 26 March 2020
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