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Exploring the Influence of Language Variation on Multilingual Personality Dynamics

Arsalan Nazir | Dr. Imran Adeel | Dr. Samina Sarwat | Waheed Shahzad |
Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology |
Volume: 3 | Issue : 1 (2024/02/27)


Introduction: Language transmits culture, shaping people's perspectives and personalities. Cultural Frame Switching (CFS) cultural identities strongly influence multilinguals' perceptions and behaviors. Despite prior research linking language with personality, scholars are now more interested in this phenomenon. Cultural Accommodation and its effects are examined through Urdu-English bilinguals' self-perceived personality changes.

Methodology: The study uses semi-structured interviews to acquire data from 14 Urdu-English bilinguals. Multilingual participants' perspectives are analyzed to identify patterns and themes in self-perceived personality changes. Bond & Yang's (1982) Cultural Accommodation theory explains how multilinguals adapt to varied linguistic and cultural environments.

Results/Findings: Multilingual people showed significant self-perceived personality changes, suggesting Cultural Accommodation. Participants indicated they adopted the language's cultural values and customs. This phenomenon shows how language shapes culture and society. The study also reveals that English presentations are simpler than Urdu ones, which may affect multilingual social and public speaking anxiety therapy.

Implication/Future Direction: The study reveals how multilinguals' language, culture, and personality interact. Understanding how language and culture affect self-perception and personality changes reduces social and public speaking anxiety. Study Cultural Accommodation's effects on cross-cultural communication and identity. Tests of therapeutic approaches in real-life settings can help build customized therapies to help multilingual people navigate varied linguistic and cultural surroundings.