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    The relation between multilingualism and basic human values among primary school children in South Tyrol

    Gross, Barbara and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2018) The relation between multilingualism and basic human values among primary school children in South Tyrol. International Journal of Multilingualism 15 (1), pp. 35-53. ISSN 1479-0718.

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    Cook (2002) argued that the learning of a new language leads to a state of multi-competence, with the learner’s mind changing in ways that go beyond the linguistic realm. The present study follows Dewaele’s (2016) suggestion that multilingualism is linked to both cognitive and psychological changes. It explores one particular under-researched relationship, namely the link between bi- and multilingualism and human basic values (Schwartz, 1992). Participants were 398 primary school children (incipient bilinguals and functional bi- and multilinguals) in South Tyrol. They filled out a questionnaire on background information and the Picture Based Value Survey for Children (PBVS-C, Döring et al., 2010). Multidimensional scaling was used to understand the value structures and hierarchies among these pupils. Results suggest that, contrary to expectations, incipient bilinguals scored significantly higher on openness to change than their multilingual peers. Multilingualism was linked to higher scores on conservation, while children from a migrant background scored higher on conservation and self-enhancement, and lower on openness to change. Children with two migrant parents rated openness to change significantly lower.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Multilingualism, children’s values, individual differences, migrant background
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 15:19
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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