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Negotiation of space in Second Life newbie interaction


Locher, Miriam A; Jucker, Andreas H; Berger, Manuel (2015). Negotiation of space in Second Life newbie interaction. Discourse, Context & Media, 9:34-45.

Abstract

Interaction in virtual worlds takes place in a spatial context. The interactants respond in various ways to this context but they also discursively create various spaces in their interaction. They negotiate spatial orientation through the use of linguistic deictic elements, create co-presence and joint attention through the gestures and positioning of their avatars and they need to handle screen space as well as the physical space of their surrounding. We discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the interdependence of interaction and space and its application to one specific virtual world, Second Life. We focus on a group of newbies, who participated in a workshop to experience computer-mediated communication in a virtual world and had to engage in ‘classroom interaction’ and group work. We discuss how the participants try to organize themselves in the virtual reality of Second Life, while situated in different locations in the physical world, and we demonstrate how the interactants rely on space for their orientation and interaction within the virtual world and how the physical world is brought into the online interaction.

Abstract

Interaction in virtual worlds takes place in a spatial context. The interactants respond in various ways to this context but they also discursively create various spaces in their interaction. They negotiate spatial orientation through the use of linguistic deictic elements, create co-presence and joint attention through the gestures and positioning of their avatars and they need to handle screen space as well as the physical space of their surrounding. We discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the interdependence of interaction and space and its application to one specific virtual world, Second Life. We focus on a group of newbies, who participated in a workshop to experience computer-mediated communication in a virtual world and had to engage in ‘classroom interaction’ and group work. We discuss how the participants try to organize themselves in the virtual reality of Second Life, while situated in different locations in the physical world, and we demonstrate how the interactants rely on space for their orientation and interaction within the virtual world and how the physical world is brought into the online interaction.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 16:00
Last Modified:23 Aug 2017 23:18
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2211-6958
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2015.06.002

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