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ERIC Number: EJ1129896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0215-773X
Space Lexicalized: Its Linguistic Impacts in English and Its Implications for EFL Learning
Kadarisman, A. Effendi
TEFLIN Journal: A publication on the teaching and learning of English, v21 n1 p9-26 Feb 2010
Our sense of space is part of our experiential universals. However, the incorporation of space into words differs across languages. This paper argues that "space" is lexicalized in English but not in Indonesian. English encodes the sense of location and direction into "adverbial particles," producing language-specific expressions. Together with prepositions, adverbial particles also combine with simple verbs producing "phrasal verbs" and making a highly familiar verb expand itself into a huge range of meanings. Furthermore, the unique syntactic behavior of phrasal verbs is assumed to be the motivation for the phenomenon of "prepositional stranding" in English. The enormous presence of adverbial particles in English and their absence in Indonesian could be problematic for Indonesian EFL learners. This problem can be viewed from two perspectives: inward and outward.
Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN). Malang, East Java, 65145, Indonesia. TEFLIN Publication Division, Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang, Jalan Semarang 5, Tel: +62-341-570566; Fax: +62-341-567475; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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