Six forms of content adaptation in everyday interactions were studied: topical adaptation including self-disclosures; explanatory or elaborated adaptation, adaptation by with-holding or avoiding explanation and information; adaptation through examples, comparisons, and analogies; adapting vernacular/language; and personal referencing. Significant content adaptation was found for all items. Adaptation was examined in response to four activators: knowledge of the partner, nature and history of the relationship, partner’s mood and behaviors, and location/circumstances. The nature and history of the relationship was the most significant activator. Additional analysis of several independent variables revealed that the nature of the interaction occurring in private particularly when interacting to facilitate the relationship had a greater impact on content adaptation than relational closeness or knowledge of the partner.
Redmond, Mark V., "Content Adaptation in Everyday Interactions" (2018). English Technical Reports and White Papers. 10.