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Thinking for Speaking About Motion in Russian and English: An Eye-Tracking Study
February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Does the language that we speak influence the way that we think, perceive reality, or remember certain aspects of it? This brownbag talk discusses research on the domain of motion to investigate the differences in how native speakers of English and Russian talk about motion and space and how they interrogate motion events not only verbally but also visually.
Victoria Hasko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education (TESOL and World Language Education) at the University of Georgia. Her work is motivated by the evidence of significant acquisitional difficulties in the ability of English-speaking American learners of Russian to verbalize motion events in Russian in a native-like manner. She utilizes eye tracking technology and linguistic corpus research to document and explore the nature of resistance to cognitive restructuring and relate these data to the debate about the dynamic interrelationship between language, language development, and human cognitive processing of motion.