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Communication Accommodation Theory By Hoard Giles

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Communication accommodation theory was developed by Hoard Giles decades ago and over the time has been used to explain many scenarios of interpersonal interactions. The two articles that have been chosen try to use communication accommodation theory to explain specific common social interactions. Moreover, my own personal experiences can be explained the theory’s premises and assumptions.
The first article that is being analyzed is The Role of Inferred Motive in Processing Nonaccommodation: Evaluations of Communication and Speakers by Jessica Gasiorek & Howard Giles (2015). The article builds on communication accommodation theory, which tests the relation between perceptions of accommodation and the response to nonaccommodation. The
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After the article defined communication accommodation theory, a goal was established. The goal of the study was to better understand why experiences of underaccommodation seem to be significantly less positive than those of overaccommodation in similar situations. Although both over and underaccommodation represent instances of inappropriately adjusted communication, there are potentially important differences. The first hypothesis (H1) is Overaccommodative communication will be perceived as (a) more positively motivated and (b) more accommodative than underaccommodative communication in analogous situations. The second hypothesis is (H2): Overaccommodative (a) communication and (b) speakers will be evaluated more positively than their underaccommodative counterparts. Two scenarios were used to test these hypotheses. Both with the same context: ‘‘You are visiting relatives in a foreign country, and although you are not fluent in the local language, you can speak and understand some of it. To improve your language skills, you have been trying to speak the language as much as you can, including conversations with your relatives.’’ Participants were told to imagine they were having a conversation with ‘‘a local you just met at a cafe ´.’’ The description of the interaction was changed to vary the type of nonaccommodation. The overaccommodative condition, was: ‘‘He speaks extremely slowly and uses only very simple and basic words
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