Emotion and identity in second language learning







This book brings together 18 theoretical and empirical chapters that analyse the role of emotion (expression, perception, processing) and identity (notions and representations, construction, conflict) in the process of learning a second language. Studies on the differences in emotionality between L1 and L2 suggest that in L2 there is an alteration that, in many cases, manifests itself as a decrease in the affective load, which can lead to a certain indifference to the emotional content transmitted and to a lesser involvement in communication. It is also known that emotion plays a fundamental role in the construction of identity in a second language in the shaping of the self that feels and communicates and in the ability to cope with the learning process.

Most of the studies have focused on the understanding of these issues in balanced bilingual speakers, but there is little evidence on their functioning in speakers with other degrees of proficiency (the case of second language learners) and on their role in the learning process. Better understanding this question is fundamental for the improvement of everything related to second language acquisition. We need new and innovative approaches that lead to more effective programs, increased interest in language learning and the consolidation of multilingual societies.


Processing of emotionality in languages

The effects of emotionality on syntactic processing: Neural and behavioural evidence

Acquisition, assessment and processing of emotional words in children

Words and emotions in healthy and pathological aging

The impact of language proficiency, cultural contact and attitudes on valence and arousal in Spanish as a second language

The effect of language status, immersion and cultural integration level on the emotionality of emotion words in Spanish

Processing accented speech in foreign language learning: Support for exemplar-based memory models in spoken language processing

Unconscious attention and facial expressions in the retrieval of L2 lexical memory

Emotional communication in second languages

Writing about positive and negative topics in Spanish as a heritage or second language

Emotions and identities in linguistic autobiographies: Uncovering Spanish heritage speakers’ critical language awareness

Expressing the cause of emotions in Spanish L1/L2: Forms and meanings

Gamification as a methodological strategy for the development of emotional competence in Spanish as a foreign language: Academic self-efficacy, achievement emotions and language learning

Emotionality and identity construction in L2 learning

The perception of identity and emotionality in Spanish L2

Self-evaluation, self-assessment and self-concept in a native or foreign language

‘When I speak in Spanish, I’m not myself’: The development of linguistic identity in learners of Spanish in non-immersion contexts

Linguistic identities and emotions in the construction and development of the language learner interself

A performative language teaching approach in connection with emotion and identity

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