Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Language acquisition, Multilingualism, Language and emotions, Emotive (Linguistics), Social perception
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 may have implications in the filed of clinical psychology.
Wickham, Lisa A., "Perceptions of Emotions by Simultaneous Bilinguals Across Various Relationship Contexts" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 665.