This study investigated cross-linguistic consistencies of positive and negative communication traits and their relationships to one another when native Spanish speakers communicate in Spanish and English. Spanish speakers (N = 111) responded to a questionnaire assessing their communication trait levels in both their first and second language. The English version of the questionnaire addressing communication traits in first language settings was translated into Spanish by following procedures from previous studies. Statistical analyses indicated individuals' trait levels in first language settings are positively related to trait levels in second language settings. Moreover, positive communication traits and negative communication traits are related to one another. These results indicate genetic predispositions may contribute to individuals' temperament styles and behavioral tendencies. As opposed to being solely relying on situational factors, genetic factors may influence the consistencies found across trait-like behavioral tendencies in different language settings.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||English as a Second Language, Communication|
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