Characterizing the linguistic chameleon: personal and social correlates of linguistic style accommodation

Muir, K, Joinson, A, Cotterill, R and Dewdney, N (2016) 'Characterizing the linguistic chameleon: personal and social correlates of linguistic style accommodation.' Human Communication Research, 42 (3). pp. 462-484. ISSN 0360-3989

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12083

Abstract

Linguistic style accommodation between conversationalists is associated with positive social outcomes. We examine social power and personality as factors driving the occurrence of linguistic style accommodation, and the social outcomes of accommodation. Social power was manipulated to create 144 face-to-face dyadic interactions between individuals of high versus low power and 64 neutral power interactions. Particular configurations of personality traits (high self-monitoring, Machiavellianism and leadership, and low self-consciousness, impression management and agreeableness), combined with a low-power role, led to an increased likelihood of linguistic style accommodation. Further, greater accommodation by low-power individuals positively influenced perceptions of subjective rapport and attractiveness. We propose individual differences interact with social context to influence the conditions under which non conscious communication accommodation occurs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: linguistic style, communication accommodation theory, personality, social power, impression formation, linguistic accommodation, interpersonal communication, impression management, linguistics, personality traits, speech characteristics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12083
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 14:42
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