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SLLAT Seminar: Rachel Hernandez Thorson (Georgetown)

Date: 15 July 2014 Time: 15.00-16:30pm

Venue: Bowland North SR25

The acquisition of English phrasal verbs by l1 Spanish speakers

Verb-particle constructions (VPC) are a source of confusion for Spanish-speaking learners of English for many reasons. First, VPCs express in two or three words a concept that is expressed in Spanish with a single word. Secondly, for the majority of VPCs, there exist corresponding one-word expressions that are similar, at least superficially, to their Spanish translations. Additionally, many VPCs are polysemous, and have both literal and idiomatic meanings. In this talk I will focus on the production of English VPCs of three levels of transparency by native speakers of Spanish. Three test groups of native speakers of Mexican Spanish participated in the study on which the talk is based, as a well as a control group of native speakers of American English. In presenting the findings of the study, I will discuss the different lexicalization patterns that characterize Spanish and English, as well as the role that force dynamics (Talmy, 1998) and GAP verbs may play in the acquisition of VPCs formed by the verbs put, pull, take and hold and the particles up and down.

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