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Embodied experience and the teaching and learning of L2 prepositions: a case study of abstract in and on
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8787-4266
2018 (English)In: What is applied cognitive linguistics?: Answers from current SLA research / [ed] Andrea Tyler, Lihong Huang and Hana Jan, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2018, p. 287-304Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How can body-world knowledge be used to facilitate the teaching and learning of abstract L2 prepositions? What role do learners' embodied understandings of the abstract relationships that are construed by means of the prepositions play? How can the teaching and learning of prepositions be made fun?

This chapter discusses the results of two corpus linguistic analyses of abstract in and on instances (Johansson Falck 2014, in press) as well as two small-scale, qualitative studies in which Swedish L2 learners of English were asked to discuss, draw and gesture their embodied understandings of some of the categories of abstract in and on instances that fell from the corpus data.

The corpus analyses show that abstract in and on instances fall into categories of related concepts that are systematically related to specific types of body-world knowledge. Some types of abstract concepts are consistently construed as containers (used with in), and others as supporting surfaces (used with on). The subsequent interventions with the Swedish L2 learners then showed that discussions about the embodied motivations for the categories of abstract in and on instances are useful starting points for learning the patterns of abstract in and on in a playful, creative and collaborative way. The learners' self-reports suggest that the approach has positive effects on learning.

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Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2018. p. 287-304
Series
Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL], ISSN 1861-4078 ; 38
Keywords [en]
body-world knowledge, embodied motivations, prepositions, abstract concepts, in, on, L2, English, discussions, drawings
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Specific Languages
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language studies; language teaching and learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144632ISBN: 978-3-11-056971-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-11-057218-6 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-11-056989-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144632DiVA, id: diva2:1181381
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2009.0295The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (KVHAA), KAW 2009.0295Available from: 2018-02-08 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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