Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Economics and Management Innovations

Fictive motion involves mental simulation in second language comprehension

Authors
Ling Pan, Zhiyi Li, Jing Fan
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Ling Pan
Available Online July 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemi-16.2016.13How to use a DOI?
Keywords
mental simulation, fictive motion sentence, EFL learner, second language comprehension
Abstract

Recent studies have confirmed that people produce mental simulation when processing sentences including literal motion, abstract motion or fictive motion. However, the doubt is whether EFL learners mentally simulate fictive motion during language comprehension as native English speaker did. The paper addressed the question with simulation time effects, one of the experimental methods in simulation semantics in one experiment made of 4 tasks. In each task, subjects read a short story --- slow versus fast scenario, easy versus difficult scenario and short versus long distance scenario, then made a timed decision whether the target fictive motion sentence related to the story or not. The results are that the response latency in different scenarios is significant. Thereby we conclude that EFL learners activates mental simulation in the same way as native English speaker when processing sentences involved the fictive motion.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Economics and Management Innovations
Series
Advances in Computer Science Research
Publication Date
July 2016
ISBN
978-94-6252-214-5
ISSN
2352-538X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemi-16.2016.13How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2016, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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