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Unformatted text preview: recipient’s situation/ cultural context. Attribution theory (trying to figure out why people do what they do) contributes toward understanding this. b. CAT is also highly dependant on social power structures. E.g., c. Divergence can also have mixed benefits, e.g., 5. Critiques of CAT a. Tends to be oversimplified and ambiguous in its definition of “accommodation” – the term sometimes refers to any convergence, and other times specifically to convergence (remember semantic uncertainty?) b. Difficult to experimentally test the theory as a whole. Researchers often work with subsets of the theory, or “mini-theories”...
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- Spring '08
- Howard Giles, Communication Accommodation Theory