Therefore, communication is not only influenced by situational conditions and initial reactions but the "...
social-historical context in which the interaction is embedded".
Most of the time, the accommodation made according to those norms are perceived socially appropriate.
For instance, when a young person talks to the seniors in his family, he should avoid using jargons among his generation to show respect and communicate more smoothly.
Causal attribution process The causal attribution theory "Suggests that we interpret other people's behavior, and evaluate the individual themselves, in terms of the motivations and intentions that we attribute as the cause of their behavior" It applies to convergence in that convergence might be viewed positively or negatively depending on the causes we attribute to it: "Although interpersonal convergence is generally favorably received, and non-convergence generally unfavorably received, the extent to which this holds true will undoubtedly be influenced by the listeners attributions of the speaker's intent." Giles and Smith provide the example of an experiment that they conducted amongst French and English speaking Canadians to illustrate this.
However, when this same behavior was attributed to pressures in the situation forcing the other to converge, positive feelings were not so strongly evoked." Intergroup distinctiveness The process of intergroup distinctiveness, as theorized by Tajfel argues, "...
In this case, neither of them is likely to evaluate the conversation since they have little possibility to meet again.
The importance of language and behaviours is illustrated in the third assumption since they are indicators of social status and group belongings.
The last assumption puts emphasis on social appropriateness and norms. expectations of behaviors that individuals feel should or should not occur in a conversation".
Those expectations give guidance to people's behaviors, helping them to figure out the appropriate way to accommodate.