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  • A theoretical framework examining the ways in which individuals make adjustments while communicating in a variety of contexts. The communication accommodation theory aims to predict and explain these adjustments and how they create, maintain, or decrease social distance in interactions. It explores the various ways in which individuals adjust the way they communicate, the motivations for the adjustment, and its consequences. There are many social situations in which individuals accommodate or modify the way they speak. Examples include speaking to the elderly or children. Many adults accommodate their speech to the needs of a child, who may otherwise not be able to understand adult concepts. Almost every relationship in every individual's life involves some sort of accommodation of speech and communication, particularly those developed in ...

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