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    Is multilingualism linked to a higher tolerance of ambiguity?

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Li, Wei (2013) Is multilingualism linked to a higher tolerance of ambiguity? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 16 (2), pp. 231-240. ISSN 1366-7289.

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    Abstract

    The present study investigates the link between multilingualism and the personality trait Tolerance of Ambiguity (TA) among 2158 mono-, bi- and multilinguals. Monolinguals and bilinguals scored significantly lower on TA compared to multilinguals. A high level of global proficiency of various languages was linked to higher TA scores. A stay abroad of more than three months was also linked to higher TA although the effect levelled off after one year. Growing up in a multilingual family had no effect on TA. These findings show that a high level of multilingualism makes individuals more at ease in dealing with ambiguity, but we acknowledge that a higher level of TA can also strengthen an individual’s inclination to become multilingual.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): multilingualism, personality, Tolerance of Ambiguity, multicompetence, individual variation
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication (to 2020)
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 08:48
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2021 17:46
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6224

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