Accommodation
(811 words)

Abstract

Language accommodation is the tendency of a speaker to modify linguistic behavior according to interlocutor characteristics. Two factors, namely structural differences between the languages involved and the degree of reciprocal prestige of interlocutors, determine the degree of language accommodation. Instances of this phenomenon appear in archaic and Hellenistic inscriptions, as well as in literary works.

Language accommodation (LA) is the tendency of a speaker to modify linguistic behavior accordin…

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Carlo Consani, “Accommodation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 19 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000409>
First published online: 2013



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