Accomodation Theory Terms

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Accommodation
Where a speaker adapts to another speaker’s accent dialect or sociolect.
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Convergence
Where a speaker moves towards another speaker’s accent, dialect or sociolect in order to impress
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Upwards Convergence
Changing your accent or lexical choices to something you perceive as more prestigious
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Downward Convergence
Make your accent or lexical choices more informal
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Overt Prestige
refers to a dialect used by a culturally powerful group
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Covert Prestige
Describes high social status through the use of non standard forms
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Divergence
Where a speaker actively distances himself/herself from another speaker by accentuating their own accent or dialect.
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Where a speaker moves towards another speaker’s accent, dialect or sociolect in order to impress

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Convergence

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Changing your accent or lexical choices to something you perceive as more prestigious

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Make your accent or lexical choices more informal

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refers to a dialect used by a culturally powerful group

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