Saturday, January 28, 2023

The brain: why we speak like our interlocutor

Zuzana Erdosovaprofessor of linguistics Autonomous Mexico State Universitysays that “when we refer to a change in accent, in the way we pronounce, we are talking about phonetic convergence”.

talking to bbc mundoindicated that “when we listen to other people speak, we not only pick up on pronunciation, but we also adopt their vocabulary. That is, words that are specific to a certain group or a certain region.” ”

It is the inclusion of words that others use, or the way a sentence is phrased, how it builds its structure, that is what sticks to us in our expressions.

pronunciation imitation This is an unconscious act in our mind, but adopting the grammatical structure (such as using the active or passive form of a verb, for example) and the vocabulary used by our interlocutor is a choice.

The specialist indicates that the causes of changes in speech are various, but one of the reasons is associated with social acceptance: “Certain relationships, hierarchies, prevail within every society, and those with greater awareness of this adapt their speech to gain acceptance.”

“If I decide to converge with the other person’s way of speaking, it’s because I’m looking for integration and it’s true identity tieWhereas if we do the opposite, I am consciously creating a social distance between myself and my interlocutor”, he differed.

lacey wadeprofessor of linguistics University of Pennsylvania, in the United States, agrees that people consciously or unconsciously change their speech to show affiliation with another person: “It’s a way of saying: ‘Hey, I’m just like you!’ It’s a way of showing that you like her or that you want her to like you.”

Another reason for convergence is connected with us desire for communication: “We communicate better when we’re on the same page, when we use the same words, because we better understand who sounds like us,” he explained.

Finally, a “automatic cognitive results language comprehension”, because “when we hear someone speak, we store those sounds in our memory, and those sounds later influence our own speech”.

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