The communication accommodation theory has broadened this theory to include not only speech but also the "non-verbal and discursive dimensions of social interaction".
Like speech accommodation theory, communication accommodation theory continues to draw from social psychology, particularly from four main socio-psychology theories: similarity-attraction, social exchange, causal attribution and intergroup distinctiveness.
Speech impairments may have many causes – hearing loss, illness, injury, and congenital or psychological conditions.
Speech impairments are found alone and in combination with other disabilities.
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Speech by Dr Keith Thompson, Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, University of Notre Dame, Sydney at ALRC Freedoms Symposium, Adelaide, 21 September 2015. Though it is trite, a single matchstick can be easily broken, but a collection of matchsticks is harder to break.
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Communication accommodation thus, becomes a tool to emphasize group distinctiveness in a positive way, and strengthen the individual's social identity.
That these rights are compound rights is also demonstrated by their logical connection.
Freedom of conscience logically precedes freedom of speech because one cannot speak freely unless one can first think freely.
According to Donald Tuten, "Speakers accommodate to the speech of their interlocutors .
to promote a sense of common identity" (Koineization in Medieval Spanish, 2003).