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Multilinguals' perceptions of feeling different when switching languages

Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Nakano, S. (2012) Multilinguals' perceptions of feeling different when switching languages. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 34 (2), pp. 107-120. ISSN 0143-4632.

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Research into multilingualism and personality has shown that a majority of multilinguals report feeling different when they switch from one language to another. The present study looks at perceived shifts on five scales of feelings (feeling logical, serious, emotional, fake and different) in pair-wise comparisons between languages following the order of acquisition (L1/L2, L2/L3 and L3/L4). Participants were 106 adult multilinguals with a total of 31 different first languages. The results showed a systematic shift on most scales across the four languages, with participants feeling gradually less logical, less serious, less emotional and increasingly fake when using the L2, L3 and L4. Regression analyses showed that self-perceived proficiency was a significant predictor of shift on the feelings scales in the L3.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): feeling different, codeswitching, multilingualism, proficiency, age of onset of acquisition, personality
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Jean Marc Dewaele
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 09:55
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 09:33

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