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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal ...

Communication Accommodation Theory: “When in Rome …” or Not!
Communication accommodation theory: “When in Rome …” or not!

People can vary their communicative styles and strategies in ways that reflect their differing personalities and temperaments, roles and relationships, and social identities. The verbal and nonverbal outcomes selected have significant social meanings: some, such as British Standard English, are lauded, and others, such as so-called “gayspeak,” are often stigmatized. Indeed, the same communicative act will be appreciated by some, yet abhorred by others—as with the case of a baseball cap worn backwards. Such differences in interpersonal communicative styles are abundant, varying by ethnicity, occupational status, gender, age, and so on.

Purpose and Paradigmatic Assumptions

As an arguably paradigm case of such interpersonal tensions in language choice, recent attention has ...

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