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Communication Accommodation Theory: Negotiating Personal Relationships and Social Identities across Contexts

Communication Accommodation Theory: Negotiating Personal Relationships and Social Identities across Contexts

by Howard Giles (Editor)


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Most people modify their ways of speaking, writing, texting, and e-mailing, and so on, according to the people with whom they are communicating. This fascinating book asks why we 'accommodate' to others in this way, and explores the various social consequences arising from it. Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT), revised and elaborated over the past 40 years, has been applied to a wide range of situations, from families to courtrooms, and from media to hospitals, by means of diverse methodologies in many disciplines, and across numerous languages and cultures. Bringing together a team of experts, this book demonstrates how the theory can help us towards a greater understanding of interpersonal communication in a multitude of contexts. Finally, it examines the principles of the theory, identifying a range of avenues along which research can move forward in future.

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ISBN-13: 9781107105829
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/18/2016
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Howard Giles is Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Honorary Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The social origins of CAT Howard Giles; 2. Theoretical perspectives on interpersonal adjustments in language and communication Jessica Gasiorek; 3. Accommodative strategies as core of the theory Marko Dragojevic, Jessica Gasiorek and Howard Giles; 4. Methods of CAT inquiry: quantitative studies Jordan Soliz and Gretchen Bergquist; 5. The 'dark side' of CAT: nonaccommodation Jessica Gasiorek; 6. CAT and talk in action Cindy Gallois, Ann Weatherall and Howard Giles; 7. Intergroup accommodation, social categories, and identities Nicholas A. Palomares, Howard Giles, Jordan Soliz and Cindy Gallois; 8. Accommodating health Bernadette M. Watson, David G. Hewett and Liz Jones; 9. CAT on trial Augusto Gnisci, Howard Giles and Jordan Soliz; 10. CAT integrations and new framework developments Cindy Gallois, Jessica Gasiorek, Howard Giles and Jordan Soliz; Index.

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