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Thinking-for-Speaking to Describe Motion Events

English-Japanese bilinguals’ L1 English and L2 Japanese Speech and Gesture

Noriko Iwasaki    Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan    

Keiko Yoshioka    Leiden University, Netherlands    

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abstract

Speaking a second language (L2) involves another way of “thinking for speaking” (Slobin 1996). Adopting Talmy’s typological framework of motion event description, this study examined how learning Japanese as L2 restructures English-Japanese bilingual speakers’ thinking-for-speaking. Thirteen English-speaking intermediate learners of L2 Japanese described motion events in English and Japanese. The analysis focused on speech and gesture describing ‘rolling down’ and ‘swinging’ events, for which English and Japanese native speakers’ descriptions differ (Kita, Özyürek 2003). The results suggest some restructuring in their thinking-for-speaking.

Published
July 3, 2020
Accepted
June 11, 2020
Submitted
Feb. 14, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-429-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-428-8

Keywords: Thinking-for-SpeakingGestureTalmy’s typologyEnglish-Japanese bilingualsMotion event description

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