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Title: Moral judgement in early bilinguals: language dominance influences responses to moral dilemmas
Authors: Wong, Galston
Ng, Bee Chin
Keywords: Early Bilinguals
Language Dominance
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Wong, G., & Ng, B. C. (2018). Moral Judgement in Early Bilinguals: Language Dominance Influences Responses to Moral Dilemmas. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1070-.
Series/Report no.: Frontiers in Psychology
Abstract: The Foreign-Language effect (FLe) on morality describes how late bilinguals make different decisions on moral judgements, when presented in either their native or foreign language. However the relevance of this phenomenon to early bilinguals, where a language's “nativeness” is less distinct, is unknown. This study aims to verify the effect of early bilinguals' languages on their moral decisions and examine how language experience may influence these decisions. Eighty-six early English-Chinese bilinguals were asked to perform a moral dilemmas task consisting of personal and impersonal dilemmas, in either English or Mandarin Chinese. Information on language experience factors were also collected from the participants. Findings suggest that early bilinguals do show evidence of a language effect on their moral decisions, which is dependent on how dominant they are in the language. Particularly, the more dominant participants were in their tested language, the larger the difference between their personal and impersonal dilemma response choice. In light of these findings, the study discusses the need to re-examine how we conceptualize the FLe phenomenon and its implications on bilinguals' moral judgement. It also addresses the importance of treating bilingualism as multidimensional, rather than a unitary variable.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01070
Rights: © 2018 Wong and Ng. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms
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