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Contexts of Accommodation : Developments in Applied Sociolinguistics - Howard Giles

Contexts of Accommodation

Developments in Applied Sociolinguistics

By: Howard Giles (Editor), Justine Coupland (Editor), Nikolas Coupland (Editor), Keith Oatley (Editor), Antony Manstead (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th September 1991
ISBN: 9780521361514
Number Of Pages: 332

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The theory of accommodation is concerned with motivations underlying and consequences arising from ways in which we adapt our language and communication patterns toward others. Since accommodation theory's emergence in the early l970s, it has attracted empirical attention across many disciplines and has been elaborated and expanded many times. In Contexts of Accommodation, accommodation theory is presented as a basis for sociolinguistic explanation, and it is the applied perspective that predominates this edited collection. The book seeks to demonstrate how the core concepts and relationships invoked by accommodation theory are available for addressing altogether pragmatic concerns. Accommodative processes can, for example, facilitate or impede language learners' proficiency in a second language as well as immigrants' acceptance into certain host communities; affect audience ratings and thereby the life of a television program; affect reaction to defendants in court and hence the nature of the judicial outcome; and be an enabling or detrimental force in allowing handicapped people to fulfill their communicative potential.

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"This volume, edited by three of the major researchers in accommodation theory, has much to offer a variety of readers." Karen Adams, American Anthropologist

List of contributors
Accommodation theory: communication, context and consequence
Audience accommodation in the mass media
Accommodation on trial: processes of communicative accommodation in courtroom interaction
Accommodation in medical consultations
Accommodation and mental disability
Accommodation in therapy
Accommodation in native-nonnative interactions: going beyond the 'what' to the 'why' in second-language research
Interethnic accommodation: the role of norms
Organizational communication and accommodation: toward some conceptual and empirical links
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ISBN: 9780521361514
ISBN-10: 0521361516
Series: Society for Experimental Biology Seminar Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 27th September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.66