Reader's Forum: “English makes me act in a different way”: To what extent can a change of language affect speech and behaviour?

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Susan Karen Burton, Bunkyo Gakuin University


Previous studies have shown that bilingual Japanese give different responses to questions depending on the language spoken. Whilst carrying out a qualitative research project studying the lives and experiences of Japanese women in England, I noticed how a change of language prompted modifications in the speech and behavioural patterns of my interviewees. This paper investigates how this affected the data I collected for my research.


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