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Communication Accommodation in Context: An Analysis of Convergence and Divergence in Action

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dc.description.abstract This collection of essays examines nature and relationship of discourse and social distance by focusing largely on the concepts of divergence and convergence throughout the communication process. The first essay examines the risk communication strategies used by officials to effectively and accommodatively confront and manage the outdoor New York City smoking ban. The second essay performs a rhetorical criticism of former-President Bush’s September 11th Speech, outlining specific instances in discourse that both decrease and increase social distance with the audience. And the third essay steps into the ESL classroom to propose ways in which we can better recognize and understand the effectiveness of different communication accommodative teaching styles from ESL instructors. Overall, the collection discusses how a better, more comprehensive understanding of convergence and divergence may provide more efficient and powerful discourse throughout various everyday communicative scenarios in the world. en_US
dc.title Communication Accommodation in Context: An Analysis of Convergence and Divergence in Action en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-20T19:23:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-20T19:23:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10365/19571
dc.subject Conversation analysis. en_US
dc.subject Social distance. en_US
dc.subject Intercultural communication. en_US
dc.subject Interpersonal communication. en_US
dc.subject Risk communication. en_US
dc.subject Communication in politics. en_US
dc.subject Communication in foreign language education.
dc.thesis.degree Paper (M.A.)--North Dakota State University, 2012. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Littlefield, Robert en_US
dc.creator.author Sand, Nathan Thomas
dc.degree.departmentCollege Master of Arts / Communication, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012.
dc.date.created 2012

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