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Based on the theoretical framework of Talmy (1985 et passim) and Slobin (1987 et passim) the present study analyses the influence of L1 patterns on the description of motion events with boundary crossings. Arab speakers avoid the use of manner of motion verbs in the description of these events and use simple path verbs (e.g. enter, go etc.), whereas speakers of English mostly use manner verbs (run, crawl etc.). These deeply engrained differences between L1 and L2 are a learning challenge indoi:10.35869/vial.v0i16.94 fatcat:x7qkdshbjbhjvhi63stg6g6m7a