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Title: Language and Social Interaction in the virtual space of World of Warcraft
Author(s): Rusaw, Erin
Subject(s): massively multiplayer online gaming
Abstract: Virtual worlds such as the online multiplayer game World of Warcraft have become popular spaces for people all over the world to socialize and interact. As on the rest of the Internet, language, specifically text chat, is the essential mode of social discourse in these worlds. Despite these types of virtual social spaces becoming more and more common, few studies have been done on the linguistic practices of these online communities. This paper offers a descriptive analysis of the sociolinguistic practices of a group of adult World of Warcraft players, and focuses especially on how discourse strategies identified in more traditional language interactions are applied by the players in the artificial environment and linguistic medium of the game.
Issue Date: 2011-06
Citation Info: Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2011: 66-88
Series/Report: Proceedings of the Second Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
Description: sociolinguistics
ISSN: 0049-2388
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-06-22

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