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Speech Accommodation Theory

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ashley clifton

on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Speech Accommodation Theory

Speech Accommodation Theory
By: Ashley Clifton

What is it?
An approach to style-shifting.

When people interact they adjust their speech, their vocal patterns and their gestures, to accommodate to others.

Guided by four main assumptions.

Two main accommodation processes:

Assumption # 1
Speech behavioral similarities and dissimilarities exist in all conversations.
Originated in the 1970s

Howard Giles

Communication Accommodation Theory

Assumption # 4
Accommodation varies in its degree of appropriateness and norms guide the accommodation process.
Assumption # 3
Language and behaviors impart information about social status and group belonging
Assumption # 2
The manner in which we receive the speech and behaviors of another will determine how we evaluate a conversation
A strategy in which you adapt your communication behavior in such a way as to become more similar to another person.

A strategy of accentuating the differences between yourself and another person.
Over Accommodation
Seen as patronizing or demeaning

Three forms:
Sensory over accommodation
Dependency over accommodation
Intergroup over accommodation


Giles, Howard. "Communication Accommodation Theory." Engaging theories in interpersonal
communication: Multiple perspectives. 161-173. Thousand Oaks, CA US: Sage
Publications, Inc, 2008. PsycINFO. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.

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