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Academic Paper

Title: Differences in personality traits in children and adult bilinguals: A pilot study in a bilingual Friulian–Italian context
Author: Anastasia Fabbro
Author: Cristiano Crescentini
Author: Eric Pascoli
Author: Simona Screm
Author: Damiano Cantone
Author: Franco Fabbro
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: Friulian
Abstract: We investigated changes in self-representation depending on language in Friulian–Italian bilinguals. The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and the Junior-TCI were administered respectively to 24 adults and 25 children, both in Friulian and in Italian, at a distance of two weeks from each other. Variations in TCI were detected: both adults and children scored higher in Self-Directedness (a character trait) when using Italian than Friulian. Similar findings were observed for Novelty-Seeking (a temperament trait) in children and Cooperativeness (another character trait) in adults. Results are discussed considering previous studies on bilingualism and within the frame of the Friulian sociolinguistic context.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 23, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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