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Communication Accommodation Theory

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  • Explaining communication : contemporary theories and exemplars / Whaley, Bryan B. ; Samter, Wendy. - Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. - 2007, p. 293-310
English Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT) provides a wide-ranging framework aimed at predicting and explaining many of the adjustments individuals make to create, maintain,or decrease social distance in interaction. It explores the different ways in which we accommodate our communication, our motivations for doing so, and the consequences. CAT addresses interpersonal communication issues, yet also links it with the larger context of the intergroup stakes of an encounter. In other words, sometimes our communications are driven by our personal identities as Janet or Richard while at others—and sometimes within the very same interaction—our words, nonverbals, and demeanor are fueled, instead and almost entirely, by our social identities as members of groups; that is Janet now speaks not so much as the individual Janet but as someone who represents communication scholars to groups of chemists, biologists, and physicists.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département des sciences de l'éducation et de la formation
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