An Investigation of Multilinguals' versus Monolinguals' Reasoning about Social Categories

Forster, Catherine S.


  • Young children view social categories as stable, independent identities - known as "essentialist" beliefs. Knowledge learned later in development makes individuals aware of identities that contrast earlier essentialist identities, such as multilingual identities. Do adults with multilingual identities hold more flexible views of social category identities as compared to monolingual peers? In ... read more
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