A language user converges when they make their communication style or register more similar to the style or register of the person they are are interacting with. It has been suggested that where a language user needs to gain the social approval of the person they are interacting with, convergence will occur, and the greater the need for approval, the greater the degree of convergence. Convergence is a strategy that is motivated by the widely held belief that the more similar people are, the more intelligible, predictable and attractive they find each other.

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