Personality Traits in Bilinguals
This chapter reviews the research on the personality characteristics associated with speaking two languages. It has been found that bilinguals frequently report feeling like a different person when speaking the first language (L1) compared to the second language (L2). Previous studies have found differences in the Big Five Inventory (BFI) dimensions (extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness) of Spanish–English bilinguals. The chapter further presents a new study in which Spanish–English bilinguals answered the BFI in both languages. Results showed the language effect on all personality dimensions.
KeywordsPersonality The Big Five Inventory Emotions Personality Bilingualism Spanish/English Personality Dissociation Biculturalism Emotions Openness Extraversion Agreeableness Neuroticism Conscientiousness
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