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    Do interlocutors or conversation topics affect migrants’ sense of feeling different when switching languages?

    Panicacci, Alessandra and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2018) Do interlocutors or conversation topics affect migrants’ sense of feeling different when switching languages? Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 39 (3), pp. 240-255. ISSN 1747-7557.

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    Abstract

    A majority of multilinguals report feeling different when switching languages (Dewaele, 2016; Panicacci & Dewaele, 2017). The present study focuses on feelings of difference when switching languages with specific categories of interlocutors (strangers, colleagues, friends, family, partner) and when discussing specific types of topics (neutral, personal, emotional). Statistical analyses revealed that 468 Italian migrants living in English-speaking countries feel more different when they use English to discuss emotional topics with less familiar interlocutors. Subsequent interviews with 5 participants and data from a survey open question pointed at migrants’ affective socialisation within the new cultural environment, cultural orientation and other unique personal aspects as potential causes for this phenomenon.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 06:02
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 19:09
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19904

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