The Collegian: Multiple Personalities: A Curious Little Phenomenon in Multilinguists

Posted on June 11, 2019

Multiple Personalities

When I first began to use English and Chinese for equal proportions of my everyday speech, I’d constantly have the thought, “oh, I wouldn’t say that when speaking Chinese” —  this would normally happen every time I argued with my friend in a class discussion using English. This strange phenomenon was an unexplainable mystery until I began to observe the noticeably different ways that my friend also expressed herself across the two different languages.

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Header image courtesy Arek Socha.