Bilingualism and Cultural Identity Development: Case Studies for an Interactive Perspective

Charles Terry Marcrum II


In recent years, there has been much research in the rapidly expanding field of bilingualism. The purpose of this study is to examine the nature of the relationship which exists between bilingualism and cultural identity development in adolescents. In an ever-shrinking world, it is becoming increasingly common for individuals from distinctly different ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to coexist in a single mixed society. As adolescence is a period of drastic formation and transformation, it is critical to understand the impact of existence as a member of multiple linguistic groups on the development of the understanding of one’s own position within a culture. Based upon an integrative analysis of case studies conducted in a variety of distinct cultural environments throughout the world, conclusions are drawn as to the interplay between language and identity, and potential positive and negative factors affecting the development of a healthy, stable bicultural/bilingual identity are identified and examined.


Bilingualism and Identity

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