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Language and thought in a multilingual context: the case of isiXhosa

Bylund, E. and Athanasopoulos, P. (2014) Language and thought in a multilingual context: the case of isiXhosa. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17 (2). pp. 431-441. ISSN 1469-1841

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S1366728913000503

Abstract/Summary

Situated within the grammatical aspect approach to motion event cognition, this study takes a first step in investigating language and thought in functional multilinguals by studying L1 isiXhosa speakers living in South Africa. IsiXhosa being a non-aspect language, the study investigates how the knowledge and use of additional languages with grammatical aspect influence cognition of endpoint-oriented motion events among L1 isiXhosa speakers. Results from a triads-matching task show that participants who often used aspect languages and had greater exposure to English in primary education were less prone to rely on endpoints when categorising motion events.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:36665
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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