Pavement proxemics

The only way to stop the people of Barcelona bashing you with their brollies and pushing you off the pavement is to make them speak English (from Robert B Bechtel, Environment & Behavior: An Introduction):

Rosenfeld (1982) measured the distance between bilingual subjects and found they sprang apart going from Spanish to English but moved closer together when switching from English to Spanish.

That British brass band trombonists push you off the pavement is proof that they only think they can speak English?

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