Kohonen-Aho, L., & Vatanen, A. (2021). (Re-)Opening an encounter in the virtual world of Second Life: On types of joint presence in avatar interaction. Journal für Medienlinguistik, 4(2), 14–51. https://doi.org/10.21248/jfml.2021.30
(Re-)Opening an encounter in the virtual world of Second Life : on types of joint presence in avatar interaction
|Author:||Kohonen-Aho, Laura1; Vatanen, Anna1|
1University of Oulu, P.O. Box 1000, FI-90014 University of Oulu (Finland)
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022012811153
Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache,
|Publish Date:|| 2022-01-28
This study explores how ‘gatherings’ turn into ‘encounters’ in a virtual world (VW) context. Most communication technologies enable only focused encounters between distributed participants, but in VWs both gatherings and encounters can occur. We present close sequential analysis of moments when after a silent gathering, interaction among participants in a VW is gradually resumed, and also investigate the social actions in the verbal (re-)opening turns. Our findings show that like in face-to-face situations, also in VWs participants often use different types of embodied resources to achieve the transition, rather than rely on verbal means only. However, the transition process in VWs has distinctive characteristics compared to the one in face-to-face situations. We discuss how participants in a VW use virtually embodied pre-beginnings to display what we call encounter-readiness, instead of displaying lack of presence by avatar stillness. The data comprise 40 episodes of video-recorded team interactions in a VW.
Journal für Medienlinguistik
|Pages:||14 - 51|
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A1 Journal article – refereed
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