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A Study of the Relationship Between the Acquisition of English Motion Event Expressions and Second Language Proficiency
Pages: 64-71
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Foreign Languages in China

Keyword:  Motion eventManner of MotionPath of Motionlanguage transfer;
Abstract: There is much research on Motion event expressions worldwide, and researchers have different opinions on the relationship between L2 proficiency and transfer effects on the acquisition of Motion event expressions. This study aims to answer the question of whether the level of proficiency is a mediating factor in transfer or whether transfer is equally important at different stages in L2 development. It is revealed that high level Chinese EFL learners make use of a greater variety of Manner verbs and Path verbs than intermediate level students in the overall encoding of the four stories, but there is no significant difference between two level students on this aspect. It is difficult for Chinese EFL learners to be target-like in using the rich Manner verb lexicon in the target language. The acquisition of the fine-grained Manner verbs in English is difficult for Chinese EFL learners with different English proficiency.
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