People who are bicultural and speak two languages may actually shift their personalities when they switch from one language to another, according to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research.You humans are so complicated!!
"Language can be a cue that activates different culture-specific frames," write David Luna (Baruch College), Torsten Ringberg, and Laura A. Peracchio (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).
That explains so much! Momma has multiple personalities and now I know why. And, more to the point... I need to keep her in Italian mode. She feeds, she "coos" and she rubs bellies and sings lullabies in her Italian persona.
Must keep the American persona away. She disciplines and she scolds in English. And she quotes auntie Robin on the evils of snacking...
We can allow the French in. She bakes in that mode. And the Eritrean is ok, specially if she is counting stuff, but seriously, I have to devise ways of keeping her in the Italian mode.
How do I do that??? Any ideas? Should I suddenly develop a love for Opera? [Brrrrr]
Do I only respond to her when she speaks Italian to me? That I can do...
Oh... I could develop an Italian attitude. Carry my tail with panache... and call everyone "bella" "cara" or roll my eyes and say "Ma, va la`".
I need ideas!!! Help!
Disperata in cerca del mio senso Italiano
desperately seeking my Italian sense