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ERIC Number: EJ1150934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
Linguistic Predictors of Cultural Identification in Bilinguals
Schroeder, Scott R.; Lam, Tuan Q.; Marian, Viorica
Applied Linguistics, v38 n4 p463-488 Aug 2017
Most of the world's population has knowledge of at least two languages. Many of these bilinguals are also exposed to and identify with at least two cultures. Because language knowledge enables participation in cultural practices and expression of cultural beliefs, bilingual experience and cultural identity are interconnected. However, the specific links between bilingualism and cultural identity remain largely unidentified. The current study examined which aspects of bilingualism relate to identification with first- and second-language cultures. Two hundred and nine bilinguals completed a questionnaire probing linguistic background and cultural affiliations. Regression analyses indicated that cultural identification was predicted by age of language acquisition, language proficiency, foreign accentedness, and contexts of long-term language immersion and current language exposure. Follow-up analyses revealed that the language-culture relations were mediated by the age and manner in which the second language was acquired. These findings are situated within a proposed framework of bilingual cultural identity. By identifying features of bilingualism that are relevant for cultural identity, the current research increases our understanding of the relationship between language and culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01HD059858