Influence of face-need and accommodation strategies in regard to code-choice.

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2023-06-21
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Non-native speakers often struggle with practicing their second language when living in a country where native speakers of that language are very proficient in English. Many of these native speakers rather switch to English instead. The underlying mechanisms of this phenomenon can be explored by taking a look at the Communication Accommodation Theory, Politeness Theory, and Interactive Alignment Theory. The current study examined the evaluations by Dutch native speakers of two audio fragments in which a non-native speaker speaks Dutch with a native Dutch speaker. In one of the audio fragments, the Dutch native speaker responds to the non-native Dutch speaker in English while in the other the native speaker responds in Dutch. Participants had to evaluate the native Dutch speaker on likability, politeness, and the overall successfulness of the communication between both speakers.
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