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Title: Contexts of Accommodation
Subtitle: Developments in Applied Sociolinguistics
Edited By: Howard Giles
Justine Coupland
Nikolas Coupland

The theory of accommodation is concerned with motivations underlying and
consequences arising from ways in which we adapt our language and
communication patterns toward others. Since accommodation theory’s
emergence in the early l970s, it has attracted empirical attention across
many disciplines and has been elaborated and expanded many times. In
Contexts of Accommodation, accommodation theory is presented as a basis for
sociolinguistic explanation, and it is the applied perspective that
predominates this edited collection. The book seeks to demonstrate how the
core concepts and relationships invoked by accommodation theory are
available for addressing altogether pragmatic concerns. Accommodative
processes can, for example, facilitate or impede language learners’
proficiency in a second language as well as immigrants’ acceptance into
certain host communities; affect audience ratings and thereby the life of a
television program; affect reaction to defendants in court and hence the
nature of the judicial outcome; and be an enabling or detrimental force in
allowing handicapped people to fulfil their communicative potential.

Contexts of Accommodation will appeal to researchers and advanced students
in language and communication sciences, as well as to sociolinguists,
anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521369606
ISBN-13: 9780521369602
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U.K. £ 18.99