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One Individual, Two Identities: Frame Switching among Biculturals

David Luna, Torsten Ringberg, Laura A. Peracchio
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/586914 279-293 First published online: 1 August 2008

Abstract

Bicultural bilingual individuals have incorporated two cultures within themselves and speak the languages of those cultures. When cued by a particular language, these individuals activate distinct sets of culture-specific concepts, or mental frames, which include aspects of their identities. Three studies show that language-triggered frame switching (i.e., switching from one set of mental frames to another) occurs only with biculturals, not with bilinguals who are not bicultural. The studies uncover frame switching at the within-individual level, and they include both qualitative and experimental evidence. They also provide a methodology to identify the relative activation strength of specific mental frames in different languages.

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