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Principles of attribution theory are especially useful in describing how the perceiver organizes the information available from the surrounding environment. The perceiver strives towards developing a predictable picture of the social environment consonant with his view of the world and personal attitudes. Hence, incongruent information is reinterpreted so that it is consonant with the perceiver's own world view. Initial information exerts a particularly formative influence upon the development of attitudes and the evaluation of others.

They posit that the mothers who encourage physical independence in boys and allow girls to stay close by may be in part responsible for female language becoming more socially oriented, and male language more abstract. In the same vein, Nelson (1973) found that girls are faster language learners than boys. She suggested that the consistent sex differences in the rate of language acquisition may be related to the fact that boys more frequently conceptualize the world and language use differently from the mother and therefore take longer to learn i t .

Two basic features of communication that facilitate mutual understanding are redundancy and feedback. There is typically an increase in redundancy and explicitness when a message overtly fails (Bates, 1975). However, nearly all messages contain redundant features in the absence of any requests for clarification. Redundancy, in fact, is already built into the system of human communication due to the various defects and ambiguities in language, and the inadequacies of human senders and receivers (Schegloff, 1972a).

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