Thesis - Oberlin Community Only
Bachelor of Arts
Emotion, Second language, Native language, First language, English, Extraversion, Psycholinguistics, Computational linguistics, Vocabulary, Emotion word
Non-native speakers of a language must learn to express their emotions in a new linguistic context. Therefore, identifying what factors support their emotion word use can uncover psychological mechanisms of emotion discourse and can inform second language pedagogy. This study investigates whether native versus non-native speaker status, extraversion, and vocabulary size influence emotion word use in English. A sample of 347 participants, 289 of whom were non-native speakers, free-wrote about how a sad personal memory made them feel. Participants then completed an assessment of their English vocabulary size and questions assessing their levels of extraversion and sociolinguistic history. Non-native speakers used marginally fewer emotion words than native speakers in their written responses. There were no relationships between extraversion or vocabulary size and emotion word use in the written responses. These results add further specificity to which factors support emotion word use by English speakers.
Norris, Jessica, "Emotion Word Use by English Speakers: An Analysis of Speaker Status, Extraversion, and Vocabulary Size" (2023). Honors Papers. 866.