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Mode-switching in Digital Game Environments: A Multimodal Phenomenon

Collister, Lauren Brittany (2011) Mode-switching in Digital Game Environments: A Multimodal Phenomenon. Comprehensive Paper, University of Pittsburgh.

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This paper investigates the phenomenon of mode-switching, or a quasi-synchronous shift of linguistic mode by a speaker in interaction. Video recordings of three World of Warcraft players are analyzed to determine the motivations for mode-switching. Ultimately, the driving force for mode-switches is a shifting participation framework; speakers use a mode which corresponds to the intended audience for their talk. Each mode has certain of topics which are appropriate for the audience present in that mode, and speakers shift between the modes seamlessly in interaction to address each of these sets of participants. The norms for the uses of modes must be learned by speakers and deployed properly in order for a speaker to be considered a competent member of the community. Mode-switching is compared to the processes of code-switching and style-shifting and is found to have numerous similarities, suggesting that the three phenomena are variations of a larger process of variety-changing.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Comprehensive Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Collister, Lauren Brittanylbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Date: 22 November 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: Linguistics
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Comprehensive Paper
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: World, of, Warcraft, digital, games, multimodality, semiotics, computer-mediated, communication, community, of, practice, code, switching, participation, framework
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 14:54
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2023 10:55


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