Do bilinguals have two personalities?

2006/04/01 at 20:04

Researchers examined whether bilingual individuals showed different personality traits when communicating in each language. The short answer: yes. Unfortunately, you have to pay to read the entire paper.
As a bilingual person, that result doesn’t surprise me. I know I behave differently when speaking German than I do when speaking my native language, English. But upon reflection, I’d say the reasons for that are complex: relative insecurity with my mastery of German, different cultural conversational conventions and expectations, etc. I’d like to know how the researchers controlled for various influencing factors.
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