Maggie Peters. Universitat de Barcelona

Language Attitudes, Emotion Words and Identity Construction:
A Case Study among two L1 Attritors

This case study investigates the perceptions expressed among two multilingual and multicultural L1 attritors concerning language attitudes, emotion words, and how individual and social identities are constructed. Measures employed to assess the construction of identity through expressed perceptions were collected through extensive discourse analysis via a video recorded Oral Questionnaire and Semi-Structured Interview eliciting self-reported accounts from the participants. The data was then transcribed, coded and analyzed in terms of membership categorization, metalinguistic and metacommunicative awareness concerning epistemic and affective attitudes, use of emotion words, and attrition as well as the co-construction and negotiation of identity through the interview as social interaction. Results are compared while providing qualitative evidences to the current gaps in existing research as well as correlating with sociocultural and sociophyschological theories from current research by Dewaele, Schmid, and Pavlenko, demonstrating language use and choice is highly dependent upon the individual’s attitude and perceptions of both sociolinguistic and sociopsychological factors towards the language and its speakers and as well as demonstrating different competences while being members of multiple linguistic, social, and cultural communities, despite language dominance, attitudes, and L1 attrition.