Abstract

Many people have a "telephone voice," that is, people often adapt their speech to fit particular situations and to blend in with other speakers. The question is: Do we speak differently to different people? This possibility had been suggested by social psychologists in terms of a theory called Accomodation Theory (Giles, 1994). According to Holmes (1994) "… converging toward the speech of another person is usually a polite speech strategy … and to deliberately choosing a language not used by one's addressee is the clearest example of speech divergence" (pp.255-257). The present study aimed at investigating this common process in the course of everyday telephone conversations. In order to find contrasting varieties of Persian in different situations, a 28-year-old male subject was asked to record his everyday telephone conversations during a week using a cellphone which resulted in 50 short conversations. Using Joos's model of formality styles in spoken English (1961), the researcher tried to explore 2 main aspects of the speaker's lexical accomodation, namely convergence to or divergence from the addressee. The results suggest that the subject's lexical choice, and subsequently, patterns of style vary interestingly according to his addressees in different conversations and have generalizable implications for other Persian speakers

How to Cite
DABAGH, Azizollah; MIRZAIAN, Anna. Patterns of Speech Accommodation and Lexical Formality in Telephone Conversations of Persian Native Speakers. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 2, july 2010. ISSN 2249-460X. Available at: <https://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/17>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2019.