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

  • Charles Terry Marcrum II College of Arts and Science


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.

Author Biography

Charles Terry Marcrum II, College of Arts and Science
I am a third-year student majoring in German Literature and minoring in Child Development in the College of Arts & Science. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I am the recipient of the Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages' Edwards Memorial Scholarship, as well as a member of the Delta Phi Alpha German Honorary Society. I am also a National Merit Scholar, and am frequently featured on the Dean's List. During the last spring and summer, I studied at the Universität Regensburg. After completing the final year of my undergraduate career in Nashville, I hope to begin my graduate studies in German Literature and Culture.
How to Cite
MARCRUM II, Charles Terry. Bilingualism and Cultural Identity Development: Case Studies for an Interactive Perspective. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, sep. 2007. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 aug. 2019. doi:
Humanities and Social Sciences


Bilingualism and Identity