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ERIC Number: EJ863299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
Does CMC Promote Language Play? Exploring Humor in Two Modalities
Vandergriff, Ilona; Fuchs, Carolin
CALICO Journal, v27 n1 p26-47 Sep 2009
In view of the growing body of research on humor and language play in computer-mediated communication (CMC) which--more than any other medium--has been associated with goofing off, joking, and other nonserious communication, this paper compares spontaneous foreign language play (L2 play) in text-only synchronous computer-mediated versus face-to-face (FTF) discussions. We examine how small groups of advanced learners of German engage in humorous language play, specifically, how they play with identity and frame in the two modalities. With play tokens occurring at similar rates in both modalities, our findings challenge the widespread assumption that the computer medium alone promotes play. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A