Date of Award

3-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lynn Santelmann

Subjects

Language acquisition, Multilingualism, Language and emotions, Emotive (Linguistics), Social perception

DOI

10.15760/honors.678

Abstract

Currently, a significant amount of existing research on bilinguals does not distinguish between sequential and simultaneous bilingualism. Furthermore, there is a significant gap in the existing research on simultaneous bilinguals. This exploratory study investigated simultaneous bilinguals’ perceptions of emotional expression in their two first languages, within three relationship contexts: professional, family, romantic partners and friends. A questionnaire was administered to simultaneous bilinguals. According to the findings of this study, simultaneous bilinguals have a preference between one of their first two languages when expressing certain emotions. Additionally, participants report that relationship context impacts the language they select to use when conversing with certain individuals as well as frequency of language use. The findings of this study my have implications in the filed of clinical psychology.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Psychology.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/28130

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