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Title: She thinks in English, but she wants in Mandarin : differences in Singaporean bilingual English-Mandarin maternal mental-state-talk
Authors: Cheng, Michelle
Setoh, Peipei
Bornstein, Marc H.
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Cheng, M., Setoh, P., Bornstein, M. H., & Esposito, G. (2020). She thinks in English, but she wants in Mandarin : differences in Singaporean bilingual English-Mandarin maternal mental-state-talk. Behavioral Sciences, 10(7), 106-. doi:10.3390/bs10070106
Project: M4081490
Journal: Behavioral Sciences
Abstract: Chinese-speaking parents are believed to use less cognitive mental-state-talk than their English-speaking counterparts on account of their cultural goals in socializing their children to follow an interdependence script. Here, we investigated bilingual English-Mandarin Singaporean mothers who associate different functions for each language as prescribed by their government: English for school and Mandarin for in-group contexts. English and Mandarin maternal mental-state-talk from bilingual English-Mandarin mothers with their toddlers was examined. Mothers produced more ''cognitive'' terms in English than in Mandarin and more ''desire'' terms in Mandarin than in English. We show that mental-state-talk differs between bilingual parents' languages, suggesting that mothers adjust their mental-state-talk to reflect the functions of each language.
ISSN: 2076-328X
DOI: 10.3390/bs10070106
Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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