Exploring Identity Across Language and Culture
The Psychological, Emotional, Linguistic, and Cultural Changes Following Migration
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This book explores the ways in which migrants’ experiences across cultural borders in today’s multilingual and multicultural society are interconnected with personality and emotional attributes to inform language use and processing and in turn, migrants’ perceptions of self-identity. // Drawing on survey data from hundreds of Italian migrants living in English-speaking countries, in conjunction with more focused interviews, the volume unpacks reciprocal influences between linguistic, cultural, and psychological variables to shed further light on how migrants emotionally engage with their local and heritage languages in different ways across public and private spaces. The book explores the resulting impact of constant shifting of linguistic and cultural practices following migration on migrants’ views of their personalities and in managing a linguistic and culturally mixed identity, with wider ranging implications of our understanding of migration experiences, multilingual acquisition processing and socialization, and on language teaching and cross-cultural communication practices. // This book will appeal to students and scholars interested in gaining nuanced insights into the linguistic, cultural, and psychological underpinnings of the migrant experience, in such disciplines as sociolinguistics, migration studies, foreign language acquisition, and social psychology.
Table of Contents
‘A constellation of selves’: Experiencing identity across languages and cultures
Investigating migrants’ linguistic and cultural identities at a multidisciplinary level: Tools, methods, and thoughts
Linguistic changes in migrants’ experience
Cultural changes in migrants’ experience
Personality changes in migrants’ experience
Migrants’ linguistic and cultural hybridity
Societal implications and future directions
Alex Panicacci is Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Research Assistant at the University of Birmingham, UK.