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The salience of topology in verbal and pictorial representations of PVs in EFL learners


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Ruvić, Mirela. (2018). The salience of topology in verbal and pictorial representations of PVs in EFL learners. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Geld, Renata].

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The aim of this thesis is to look at the salience of topology in strategic meaning construal of English particle verbs in the Mexican and the Croats’ verbal and pictorial representations. We conducted a qualitative analysis on a subcorpus of 30 questionnaires taken from the Learner Corpus collected by Geld (2009a). Theoretical framework and analytical tools were taken from Geld (2009b). We also analysed the development of strategic construal in three individual participants. Thus, individual case studies are also presented. In the theoretical part of this thesis we will focus on strategic meaning construal of particle verbs (PVs), previous research done on the Learner Corpus (Geld 2009a) and provide brief description of the procedure, categories, and most important findings regarding the differences between the PVs containing light and heavy verbs and particles out and in. The particle-verb analysis is separated into two parts – the PVs containing light verbs and the PVs containing heavy verbs. Each particle verb is analysed individually, and examples of both the verbal answers and pictorial representations are provided. Five categories important for this research are – topological determination, compositional meaning, lexical determination, (visual) paraphrase, and misinterpretation. The case studies are three participants – two Croats and one Mexican. Verbal answers and pictorial representations are analysed separately followed by discussion and conclusions.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: particle verb, light verb, heavy verb, particle in, particle out, topology, compositionality, lexical determination, lexical drawing
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Geld, Renata
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 13:11
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 13:11

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