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    Intellectual humility and language attitudes: the case of Hebrew speakers’ views towards Arabic and multilingualism

    Moskowitz, Sharona and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2023) Intellectual humility and language attitudes: the case of Hebrew speakers’ views towards Arabic and multilingualism. International Journal of Multilingualism , ISSN 1479-0718.

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    Intellectual humility (IH) remains a relatively novel concept, though past research indicates a relationship to open-mindedness, lower propensity towards political bias and amenability to engage with opposing viewpoints. Intellectual humility has shown mixed effects on foreign language learning (Moskowitz & Dewaele [2020]. The role of intellectual humility in foreign language enjoyment and foreign language classroom anxiety. Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 6, 521–541), though it has not been explored in relation to language attitudes. The current study investigates connections between IH and language attitudes among Hebrew L1 speakers. Treating multilingualism and Arabic as separate variables, a Hebrew survey was administered, adapted from the Comprehensive Intellectual Humility Scale (CIHS) (Krumrei-Mancuso & Rouse [2016]. The development and validation of the comprehensive intellectual humility scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98(2), 209–221.) and a questionnaire on multilingualism (Tannenbaum et al. [2020]. Toward a new multilingual educational policy in Israel: Attitudes and perceptions of teachers and students. The Modern Language Journal, 104(3), 581–600.). Statistical analyses found that openness to revising one’s viewpoints predicted attitudes towards multilingualism, and respect for others’ viewpoints predicted attitudes towards Arabic. Qualitative data explored the charged topic of the status of Arabic in Israel, finding that responses contained themes of intellectual humility such as prosociality and respect for others’ viewpoints, lending support to the quantitative findings.


    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: 27 Jun 2023 12:58
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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