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A case study of a blind speaker of English as L2


Geld, Renata; Šimunić, Maja
A case study of a blind speaker of English as L2 // Cognitive Approaches to English: Fundamental, Methodological, Interdisciplinary an Applied Aspects / Brdar, Mario ; Omazić, Marija ; Pavičić Takač, Višnja (ur.).
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. str. 403-430


Naslov
A case study of a blind speaker of English as L2

Autori
Geld, Renata ; Šimunić, Maja

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Poglavlja u knjigama, znanstveni

Knjiga
Cognitive Approaches to English: Fundamental, Methodological, Interdisciplinary an Applied Aspects

Urednik/ci
Brdar, Mario ; Omazić, Marija ; Pavičić Takač, Višnja

Izdavač
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Grad
Newcastle upon Tyne

Godina
2009

Raspon stranica
403-430

ISBN
978-1-4438-1111-8

Ključne riječi
The blind, experience, subjectivity of meaning, construal

Sažetak
This paper upholds the cognitive linguistic view that language and knowledge are experiential phenomena, and that they are tightly related to the way we conceptualize reality (cf. Lakoff, 1987 ; Langacker, 1987, Talmy, 1988a ; 1988b ; 2000). In order to support this idea we present a case study of a blind speaker of English as L2, which offers an insight into differences in conceptualization due to different perceptive abilities, in this case the lack of vision. Furthermore, we attempt to show that blindness itself does not in any way determine the level of language proficiency, but that it does affect the way linguistic meaning is constructed. The paper explores mental imagery, that is, a dynamic and subjective process of constructing linguistic meaning (Langacker, 1987), of a legally blind person in the process of learning English as a second language. The main hypothesis was based on the findings from two previous studies (Geld and Starčević, 2006 ; Geld and Stanojević, in press) whose results suggest that the conceptual content in the language of the blind indicates a specific realization of two cognitive processes as aspects of meaning construal: firstly, there is a shift in scalar adjustment from schematicity to specificity, and secondly, the vantage point tends to indicate a different position of the conceptualizer. Thus, we hypothesized that a close examination of the subject’ s second language would reveal aspects of meaning construal identified in the first language and found in the group of blind subjects examined in the above mentioned studies. Furthermore, it was our intention to investigate potentially idiosyncratic phenomena in second language processing in a blind person with a specific impairment. Finally, we aimed to demonstrate how the particular efficiency of using residual vision and the resulting experience of reality is reflected in a second language.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Filologija



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Projekt / tema
130-1301001-0988 - Usvajanje engleskoga jezika od rane dobi: analiza učenikova međujezika (Jelena Mihaljević-Djigunović, )

Ustanove
Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Renata Geld, (249824)