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Communication Accommodation Theory

  • By: Howard Giles
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Formulated by Howard Giles in the early 1970s (and refined with colleagues across different disciplines over the years), Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT) attends to a fundamental dimension of human relationships, namely how people adjust their communication patterns ...

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