Whether you realize it or not, and it can be either conscious or unconscious, you match your accent, your speed, your rhythm, your vocabulary and even your stance and gestures to that of the person you are talking to.
The main reason a person does this is to show agreement and affinity for another.
Out of the 12 total hours of transcribed interactions, seven episodes were deemed to contain features of intergroup context.
Despite the limited number of interaction samples, findings revealed that the multiracial daughter managed her family relations by employing approximation, interpretability, discourse management and interpersonal control strategies.
Communication Accommodation Theory describes the human tendency to adjust their communication according to situations and people involved.
People have that ability to mold themselves in any kind of situation to control social differences.
The theory is an advancement of speech adjustment theory talking about psychological concepts on dynamics of speech.
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In multiracial families, intergroup salience is an important parameter influencing their daily interpersonal communication dynamics; this is due to the relevance of issues related to heritage loyalty and sense of belonging.
As such, there is an obvious need for multiracials to appropriately strategise and manage their communication with both paternal and maternal family members.
The theory was known as Speech Accommodation Theory until it included non-verbal aspects of communication then it became popular as ' Communication Accommodation' Theory. The theory talks about, people wanting to portray their positive identity to others.
They tend to match their own vocabulary, accent and cadence as of other interactants.