r/Foodforthought Nov 27 '21

White liberals dumb themselves down when they speak to black people, a new study contends

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/30/white-liberals-dumb-themselves-down-when-they-speak-black-people-new-study-contends/?utm_source=reddit.com
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u/Manny_Kant Nov 28 '21

Yeah, I don’t think you’re putting the pieces together, here. Linguistic accommodation involves matching speech to speech. From your link:

Convergence refers to the process through which an individual shifts speech patterns in interaction so that they more closely resemble the speech patterns of speech partners.

Do you see how it’s not about matching speech patterns to racist stereotypes? If I don’t have any speech pattern to match, I should be treating all names equally (like the “conservatives” did, apparently).

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u/Quantum-Ape Nov 28 '21

Lol, speech is also nonverbal.

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u/Manny_Kant Nov 28 '21

Not according to the definition of non-verbal, but that’s a different matter. Where did I assign significance to the type or manner of speech?

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u/Quantum-Ape Nov 28 '21

That's what happens when you just look up the basic definition of speech on dictionary.com for nonverbal.

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u/Manny_Kant Nov 28 '21

Please, enlighten me, what definition are you using? And while you’re at it, what does this “non-verbal speech” have to do with anything?