Studies from German-speaking Europe
The role of longterm acquaintances in speech accommodation
Studies of speech accommodation observe almost exclusively accommodation processes between newly acquainted speakers. Despite the fact interactional experience over time was found to increase inter-speaker convergence, studies of inter-personal speech accommodation seldom look at long-term effects on accommodation patterns. The case-study reported here compares convergence levels between speakers in three interactional contexts, reflecting long-term, short-term and zero accommodation. It shows advantage for long-term accommodation over other conditions in presenting consistent and robust evidence for phonetic convergence between interlocutors with regard to global phonetic features characterizing their speech.
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