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Title: Toward a social psychology of bilingualism and biculturalism
Authors: Chen, SX 
Keywords: Bicultural identity integration
Biculturalism
Bilingualism
Cultural mindset
Language priming
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Source: Asian journal of social psychology, 2015, v. 18, no. 1, p. 1-11 How to cite?
Journal: Asian Journal of Social Psychology 
Abstract: The intricate interactions between language and culture shape bilingual and bicultural individuals' psychological responses to social contexts. Language carries cultural scripts, ideals, and practices, which can be activated by situational cues. In the process of managing two acquired languages, bilinguals shift their self-perception and self-presentation to accommodate the prototypical norms characteristic of the culture being primed by language use. Cultural mindset can explain such language priming effects. In the process of negotiating two intersecting cultures, integrating bicultural identities is central to psychological adjustment among individuals experiencing immigration-based and globalization-based acculturation, whereas bilingual or trilingual competence is important to sojourners' adjustment. The present paper reviews empirical work along these lines of research and suggests that it is possible for alternation and integration to coexist within the same individuals who integrate their bicultural identities and alternate their behavioural responses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32949
ISSN: 1367-2223
DOI: 10.1111/ajsp.12088
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