The Alfred and Genevieve Gorski Technology Fund in the Center for Language Acquisition in the College of the Liberal Arts was established with an estate gift from the late Mr. and Mrs. Gorski. Genevieve graduated from Penn State in 1946 with an arts and letters degree and shared a love of language study which she and her husband believed was essential to break down barriers of race and culture.
Speaker: Jean-Marc Dewaele
Center: CLA (Gorski)
Date: November 4, 2022
Time (EST): 2:30-4:00 P.M.
Zoom Link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94444373056
Emotions are at the heart of social interactions, and the ability to perceive and express them accurately is crucial for mental wellbeing. Multilingual language users face particular challenges in this respect because emotion words and concepts do not always overlap between languages and their emotional resonance differs in the mouth and ears of first and foreign language users (Dewaele, 2022; Dewaele et al. 2021). Declarations of love or swearwords in the foreign language may feel deceptively harmless or inauthentic (Dewaele, 2013; Dewaele & Salomidou, 2017). The detachment effect of the foreign language can be highly beneficial in psychotherapy, where discussing traumatic events in the foreign language can allow clients to distance themselves from the trauma (Cook & Dewaele, 2022).
Cook, S. R. & Dewaele, J.-M. (2022). ‘The English language enables me to visit my pain’. Exploring experiences of using a later-learned language in the healing journey of survivors of sexuality persecution. International Journal of Bilingualism, 26(2), 125-139.
Dewaele, J.-M. (2013). Emotions in Multiple Languages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd ed.
Dewaele, J.-M. (2022). Dewaele, J.-M. Research into multilingualism and emotions. In G. L. Schiewer, J. Altarriba & B. Chin Ng (Eds.), Language and Emotion. An International Handbook. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, pp. 1217-1237.
Dewaele, J.-M., Lorette, P., Rolland, L. & Mavrou, E. (2021). Differences in emotional reactions of Greek, Hungarian and British users of English when watching television in English. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 31(3), 345-361.
Dewaele, J.-M. & Salomidou, L. (2017). Loving a partner in a foreign language. Journal of Pragmatics, 108, 116-130.
Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism. He has published widely on individual differences. He is former president of the International Association of Multilingualism and the European Second Language Association, and the current president of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning. He is General Editor of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), the Robert Gardner Award for Excellence in Second Language and Bilingualism Research (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology and the EUROSLA Distinguished Scholar Award (2022).