Language and Societies

ANT/LIN 5320 at Wayne State University

Languages in Dreams: A Look into the Influencers of Bilinguals & L2 Learners in the Dreamworld

Languages in Dreams: A Look into the Influencers of Bilinguals & L2 Learners in the Dreamworld

Grace Fusani

It is not often thought about but when we dream, the dreamworld produces language that is drawn from our experiences in everyday life. What occurs in dream speech when an individual knows more than one language or is learning another language is explored and detailed in this paper. This paper aims to explain bilingualism and learned languages and their effects on the dreamworld through interviews with a set of college students as well as extensive literature reviews. Some of the areas examined are how languages influence dreams, the difference between L2 learner and bilingual dreams, and if dreaming in a learned language is a sign of fluency. This research found that a person’s mentality, environment, attitude, and dream setting directly influence the dream language and that dreaming in a learned language is a sign of better comprehension rather than fluency. Also detailed are how bilinguals identify with certain languages, both culturally and emotionally, and how they code-switch in dreams.




April 2, 2018 - Posted by | abstract


  1. How you even got to such a unique research question is amazing. This is something I’ve never considered as I don’t speak more than one language. I’d be interested to learn more about how you define comprehension and fluency and how you came to your conclusion.

    Comment by Haley Scott | April 16, 2018 | Reply

  2. Wow. I know there are studies about the changing personalities of bilingual speakers. Does this have a similar effect?

    Comment by Craig Meiners | April 17, 2018 | Reply

  3. This is an ambitious work that seems able to contribute to the fields of linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, as well as language learning.

    Comment by Jami | April 20, 2018 | Reply

  4. By looking at language as an action, I wonder if you could compare your data with other studies that are conducted on people who dream about something they had done earlier. I remember reading a study about people who played a snowboarding video games having dreams about snowboarding after. Maybe by looking at something like that, we can begin to shed light on how much real life affects our dream worlds.

    Comment by Ashley Johnson | April 20, 2018 | Reply

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