this is so true
Yes, absolutely. Even in the absence of a language change, people are different in different cultural situations. It's weird and unconscious, but it's true. I pick up accents and speech patterns from whomever I'm talking to and it's embarrassing to me and I try not to do it, but I can't help it.
Kinda cool how personalities are influenced by the language you use. That being said, I wonder if they made sure to have their test subjects be of equal proficiencies in both languages, as well as equal immersion in both cultures, as I'd imagine people's command and use of words to be influenced heavily by their perceptions of that.
From the page: "People who are bicultural and speak two languages may actually shift their personalities when they switch from one language to another, according to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research..."
I say this article states the obvious and here is why:
When you get two teenage girls in a room together and they start talking really fast in a way that half the people around them have no clue what they are talking about and can't even decipher the majority of words they are saying, would you not call that a shift in personality? That isn't even a different language its just a accent shift. Sure you could say it is because of the "person" they are with rather than the "language" they are speaking but when you speak 2 languages surely the people you speak them with differs?
Imagine also, two friends learning to speak french together. They are learning to do something new and perhaps something they perceive as posh. Would they not arch their backs a bit and possibly seem a bit snooty?
Like I said, this is all obvious to me...
It is my opinion that we are different people in different situations and in different company. However I also believe our core morals and beliefs don't change so whimsically unless we truly do have clinical split personality disorder. We adapt as a way of survival both social and otherwise.