Communication accommodation competence: The nature and nurture of accommodative resources across the lifespan

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This Epilogue briefly reviews some themes present in this collection, and highlights its many contributions. We then look beyond the contributions of the Special Issue papers to consider the continued conceptual development of communication accommodation theory. We argue for re-conceptualizing CAT as a theory of competence, suggesting that accommodation competence is a developmental phenomenon built on the accumulation of accommodation resources and repertoires over the lifespan. We address contexts in which communicative resources are stretched and competent accommodation becomes difficult. The competence approach provides one useful avenue for future empirical and theoretical development of CAT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-99
Number of pages11
JournalLanguage and Communication
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015



  • Accommodation
  • Accommodative resources
  • Competence
  • Lifespan communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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