TB9, L1 - Social Psychology of Language

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1. The situational theory of communicative conflict states that:

  • Equivocation occurs in response to communicative conflict
  • Equivocation occurs only in political interviews
  • Equivocation occurs in order to prevent 'threats to face'
  • None of the above
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2. Context as a dimension of equivocation refers to:

  • To what extent the speaker is addressing the other person in the situation
  • The clarity of what is being said
  • The extent to which the response directly answers the question
  • To what extent the speaker is giving their own opinion

3. Giles and Smith (1979) found speaker evaluations were most favourable when they:

  • Did not converge on any of the dimensions
  • Converged on speech rate and either content or pronunciation
  • Converged on speech rate and content but never pronunciation
  • Converged on speech rated, content and pronunciation

4. Willemyns (1997) found:

  • Participants accents became less broad with a broad interviewer
  • Participants accents became more broad with a less-broad interviewer
  • Participants accents became more broad with a broad interviewer
  • Participants accents did not change with a broad interviewer

5. Which are the correct turn yielding cues as hypothesised by Duncan-Fiske?

  • Intonation, speech content, termination of hand gestures, stereotyped phrases, completion of grammatical clauses
  • Intonation, speech content, termination of hand gestures, stereotyped phrases, completion of syntactical clauses
  • Intonation, elongation of final syllable, termination of hand gestures, stereotyped phrases, completion of grammatical clauses
  • Intonation, elongation of first syllable, termination of hand gestures, hedges, completion of a grammatical clause

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