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    Personality and speech production: a pilot study of second language learners

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Furnham, A. (2000) Personality and speech production: a pilot study of second language learners. Personality and Individual Differences 28 (2), pp. 355-365. ISSN 0191-8869.

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    Personality traits, and extraversion in particular, has long been unjustly neglected in applied linguistics. Some cognitive and physiological characteristics associated with extraversion, such as superior short-term memory and better resistance to stress, can explain interindividual variation in speech production. Working within the theoretical framework of Levelt [Levelt, W. J. M. (1989). Speaking. From intention to articulation. Cambridge, MA±London: ACL-MIT Press.] and de Bot [de Bot, K. (1992). A bilingual production model. Levelt's `speaking' model adapted. Applied Linguistics, 13 (1), 1±24.], we analysed the French oral interlanguage of 25 Flemish university students and related this to their EPI scores. Correlational analyses between extraversion scores and 6 linguistic variables re¯ecting ¯uency and accuracy revealed that extravert bilinguals are more ¯uent than introvert bilinguals, especially in interpersonal stressful situations. Di€erent hypotheses are presented to explain this phenomenon.


    Item Type: Article
    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: 21 Jan 2013 14:07
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:31


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