Minding the manner: attention to motion events in Turkish-Dutch early bilinguals

Anna Kamenetski, Vicky Tzuyin Lai, Monique Flecken

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Languages differ in the way motion events are encoded. In satellite-framed languages, motion verbs typically encode manner, while in verb-framed languages, path. We investigated the ways in which satellite-framed Dutch and verb-framed Turkish co-determine one's attention to motion events in early bilinguals. In an EEG oddball paradigm, Turkish-Dutch bilinguals (n = 25) and Dutch controls (n = 27) watched short video clips of motion events, followed by a still picture that matched the preceding video in four ways (oddball design: 10% full match, 10% manner match, 10% endpoint match, and 70% full mismatch). We found that both groups showed similar oddball P300 effects, associated with task-related attention. Group differences were revealed in a late positivity (LP): The endpoint-match elicited a larger LP than the manner-match in the bilinguals, which may reflect language-driven attention. Our results indicate that cross-linguistic manner encoding difference impacts attention at a later stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-478
Number of pages23
JournalLanguage and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 18 2022


  • language typology
  • late positivity
  • motion verbs
  • P300
  • verb semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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