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    • Howard Giles' Communication Accommodation theory
      • communication developed my Howard Giles.
      • Argues that 'when people interact they adjust  there speech, their vocal patterns and their gestures, to accommodate to others.'
      • theory links between 'language, context and identity'
      • Convergence
        • strategies though individuals adapt to each others communicative behaviours, to reduce social differences
      • Divergence
        • instances in which individuals accentuate speech and non-verbal differences between themselves and their interlocutors
          • sometimes individuals try to engage in convergence can be seen as
            • Over - accommodating
              • despite their good intentions their convergence can be seen as condescending
      • Over - accommodating
        • despite their good intentions their convergence can be seen as condescending
      • two main accommodation process
        • Convergence
          • strategies though individuals adapt to each others communicative behaviours, to reduce social differences
        • Divergence
          • instances in which individuals accentuate speech and non-verbal differences between themselves and their interlocutors
            • sometimes individuals try to engage in convergence can be seen as

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