The impact of interviewer language and ethnicity on the perceptions of Chinese bilinguals

AuthorBond, Michael Harris

Herbert D. Pierson

TitleThe impact of interviewer language and ethnicity on the perceptions of Chinese bilinguals
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateSeptember 1981
Pages:15
Keywords:Bilingualism

Cross-cultural studies

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:To what extent are the perceptual patterns of bilinguals in a cross-cultural environment affected by the manipulation of variables for topic, ethnicity, and language? To answer this question 64 female university students were interviewed on video tape by (1) either a Chinese or American partner, (2) on either friendship of cultural differences, (3) in either English or Cantonese. The Ss completed a 20 item semantic differential scale on which they rated themselves and their partner. Results indicated that the Ss (1) rated the American interviewers more positively than the Chinese interviewers, (2) but had a marker preference to use Cantonese during the interviews. One plausible reason for the first result was that the Ss were English majors who by virtue of this choice were moving away from an ethnic enclosure and preservation mentality. This research is part of an overall study of the nonverbal behavior of Chinese bilinguals.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (leaf 15)
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