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LANGUAGE STYLE MATCHING: Can it Predict Lasting Relationships? Patricia Cochran COM 200: Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication Dr. Andree Swanson November 7, 2011

LANGUAGE STYLE MATCHING: Can it Predict Lasting Relationships?
People may develop many different relationships during their lifetime. These relationships may range from family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, bosses, and lovers. “New research has pointed out that people match one another’s language styles more during happy phases of their relationship, and this phenomenon is called Language Style Matching or LSM.” (Muppala, 2010) It is believed if two people are similar in their speech patterns and their use of function words, they are psychologically compatible. Researchers are using this technology to evaluate natural speech to determine this compatibility. This paper will discuss whether language style matching is accurate and can predict lasting relationships.
“A study published in Psychological Science says that people with similar language styles stay in relationships longer than those whose styles are dissimilar.” (Castillo, 2011) This study is referring to the use of function words. “Function words are highly social and they require social skills to use.” (Castillo, 2011) They are words that have little meaning by themselves but when they are mixed with other words can help to convey a message. These words can be: (1) prepositions such as of, at, and in; (2) pronouns such as he, they, and it; and (3) determiners such as a, that, and my, to name a few.
Research shows that relationships are defined by the use of these function…...

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