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This annotated reading list addresses the problem of the paucity of literature dealing specifically with the relationship between personality and language learning. There is no general theoretical model that encompasses personality theory, self-concept, ego development, learning theory, motivation, and body image as they relate to psycholinguistics and linguistics. Definitions of terms and problems in developing a theoretical model are discussed, and outlines of two preliminary models, the communicative and the intrapsychic, are presented. The body of this work, an annotated bibliography, was developed in an attempt to juxtapose works that seem likely to generate productive hypotheses and theories about the relationship between personality and second language learning. The first part of the reading list, on the communicative model, includes 72 citations in the following sections: (1) culture and social setting; (2) language as a system of communication; (3) personality theory: traits and persona; and (4) the degree of Acquisition of a second language and its relationship to personality. The second section, on the intrapsychic model, includes 56 citations in the following categories: (1) body experience; (2) language as a self-directive system and as a system of speech; (3) personality variables -- sense of identity -- language-specific sense of self; and (4) relationships among body variables, spoken language, and sense of identity. The third section, "A Synthesis: Directions for the Future," includes 11 citations concerning efforts to localize specific language functions of the brain. (NCR)
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