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Chapter 25Communication Accommodation Theory

Peter

When I lived in England for a year, I really experienced communication accommodation theory. When I first got there, I felt very American. That was what made me special. I felt like I had to prove my patriotism because that was the group I identified with. For the first few months, I actually became much more patriotic than I had ever been before. This came out largely in the way I talked. I began saying “y’all” and other Americanisms simply because I wanted to accentuate the fact that I was different.  However, this divergence didn’t last too long.  As I lived there longer I began to grow tired of always being “Pete the American” because I was growing to identify myself more with my British friend group—if not in cultural background then in other ways. Because of this, the way I spoke began to converge with their way more and more.  I began calling people “mate,” calling the bathroom the “loo” and calling trash “rubbish.”  Even now when I speak to my British friends, this way of talking comes back. My vocabulary changes and I begin to change my inflection with various phrases.




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Chapter 25Communication Accommodation Theory

Peter

When I lived in England for a year, I really experienced communication accommodation theory. When I first got there, I felt very American. That was what made me special. I felt like I had to prove my patriotism because that was the group I identified with. For the first few months, I actually became much more patriotic than I had ever been before. This came out largely in the way I talked. I began saying “y’all” and other Americanisms simply because I wanted to accentuate the fact that I was different.  However, this divergence didn’t last too long.  As I lived there longer I began to grow tired of always being “Pete the American” because I was growing to identify myself more with my British friend group—if not in cultural background then in other ways. Because of this, the way I spoke began to converge with their way more and more.  I began calling people “mate,” calling the bathroom the “loo” and calling trash “rubbish.”  Even now when I speak to my British friends, this way of talking comes back. My vocabulary changes and I begin to change my inflection with various phrases.




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