Speech Accommodation
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Communication Accommodation Theory (originally known as Speech Accommodation Theory) offers a particularly useful and comprehensive framework for understanding some of the social-psychological factors motivating speakers to make particular linguistic choices in particular interactions. Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT) argues that speakers modify their language in relation to the language of their addresses and their perception of their own and the latter's social identity. It is particularly relevant to comprehending communication in Arabic, a lan…

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Sonia Shi'ri, “Speech Accommodation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0127>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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