Expressing and categorizing motion in French and English: Verbal and non-verbal cognition across languages

Abstract : Language-specific properties influence motion expression (Slobin 2004; Talmy 2000), but it is still debated whether they also influence non-verbal spatial cognition. We compare how English and French speakers perform three tasks involving motion events: non-verbal categorization based on cartoons during a dual task (articulatory suppression); verbal categorization involving target sentences; and descriptions of motion events. Descriptions show more manner expression in English and variation in both groups as a function of event properties. However, both groups frequently choose Path as categorization criterion, particularly in verbal categorization, but language effects do show that English speakers are more sensitive to event properties. Thus, typology has a strong impact on verbal cognition but also a partial influence on non-verbal cognition that must be taken into account in future research on the relation between language and thought.
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Maya Hickmann, Helen Engemann, Efstathia Soroli, Henriëtte Hendriks, Coralie Vincent. Expressing and categorizing motion in French and English: Verbal and non-verbal cognition across languages. Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano. Motion and Space across Languages, 59, ⟨John Benjamins Publishing Company⟩, pp.61-94, 2017, Human Cognitive Processing, 9789027246752. ⟨10.1075/hcp.59.04hic⟩. ⟨halshs-01638095⟩

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