Assessing an Interaction-Based Paradigm

How Accommodative Should We Be?
  • Jane Zuengler
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)


In the last several years, Giles’ Speech Accommodation Theory (SAT) (Bourhis & Giles, 1977; Giles, 1973; Giles and Smith, 1979) has received attention in the second-language acquisition (SLA) literature as a paradigm for explaining second-language (L2) performance variation. A number of data-based studies (e.g., Beebe & Zuengler, 1983; Zuengler, 1982) have illustrated the need to draw on SAT for an understanding of speech shifts observed in L2 speakers, and Beebe and Giles (1984) agree, arguing that SAT subsumes both first language (L1) and L2 variation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Zuengler
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of Wisconsin—MadisonMadisonUSA

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