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    The role of language and cultural engagement in emotional fit with culture: an experiment comparing Chinese-English bilinguals to monolingual Brits and Chinese

    Zhou, C. and Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Ochs, C. and De Leersnyder, J. (2021) The role of language and cultural engagement in emotional fit with culture: an experiment comparing Chinese-English bilinguals to monolingual Brits and Chinese. Affective Science 2 , pp. 128-141. ISSN 2662-2041.

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    Abstract

    The current study investigated to what extent language and culture shape emotional experience. Specifically, we randomly assigned 178 Chinese-English bilinguals to report on emotional situations, cultural exposure, engagement, and language proficiency in either English as a foreign language (LX) or Chinese (L1). We established their fit with both the typical patterns of emotions among British and Chinese monolinguals and predicted these fit indices from the survey language, cultural exposure, and engagement. Whereas monolinguals fitted their own culture’s emotional patterns best, bilinguals fitted both the typical LX and L1 patterns equally well. The survey language affected bilinguals’ emotional fit, but there was no evidence for true frame switching. Rather, bilinguals with low exposure to English encountered a drop in emotional fit when using English. Yet, this negative effect of survey language was buffered when bilinguals had better quality interactions with Westerners that are likely to foster conceptual restructuring in the LX.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Emotion, Language, Culture, Bilingualism, Frame switching, Emotional fit
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 11:59
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 01:06
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44121

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