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    Bilingual bonds: acculturation, attachment, and being yourself in a new language

    Hammer, Kate (2017) Bilingual bonds: acculturation, attachment, and being yourself in a new language. International Journal of Language and Culture 3 (2), pp. 253-279. ISSN 2214-3165.

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the perception of ‘being yourself’ when speaking in the second language (L2) in the context of mobility-migration. Participants consist of 149 highly educated sequential Polish-English bilinguals who relocated to the UK at the average age of 23, and underwent processes of acculturation. The independent variables in this study include acculturation level, social network profile, language of attachment in adulthood, language dominance, length of residence, predicted future domicile, gender, and age of L2 acquisition (AoA). The study employs both emic and etic approaches. The findings reveal strong links between the perception of being yourself in L2 and acculturation level, social network profile, language dominance, predicted future domicile, and language of attachment. The results show that sociocultural and psychological integration into the new society and culture are strongly linked to the perception of being yourself in L2. This study adds acculturation and attachment perspectives to current research on the perception of feeling different when using languages learnt later in life.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Acculturation, attachment, being yourself, L2, second language, feeling different, bilinguals, language, culture, emotions
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Katherine Hammer
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 11:14
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 05:20
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18264

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