Accession Number : AD0684503

Title :   BILINGUAL SEMANTIC MERGING AND AN ASPECT OF ACCULTURATION,

Corporate Author : HONG KONG UNIV

Personal Author(s) : Earle,Margaret J.

Report Date : 10 AUG 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : Chinese-English bilingual students were classified according to the degree of assumed similarity between a sample of their own beliefs and those of representatives of the native-language community, and the 2nd-language community. Ss more similar to the 2nd-language community obtained significantly lower semantic differential D scores between Chinese and English translation-equivalent concepts than did Ss more similar to the native-language community. Students attending an English-language university obtained significantly lower D scores than students attending an English-language secondary school. Results are related to the theory of compound and coordinate bilingualism, and it is suggested that acceptance of beliefs of the 2nd-language community may result in a transformation from a coordinate to a compound bilingual system. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CULTURE, *SEMANTICS), WORD ASSOCIATION, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CHINESE LANGUAGE, CHINA

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE