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Online computer game English: A study on the language found in World of Warcraft
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Centrum för språk- och litteraturdidaktik.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Datorspelsengelska i onlinespel : En undersökning av språket i spelet World of Warcraft (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine the language from a small sample of texts from the chat channels of World of Warcraft and analyze the differences found between World of Warcraft English and Standard English. In addition, the studywill compare the language found in World of Warcraft with language found on other parts of the Internet, especially chatgroups. Based on 1045 recorded chat messages, this study examines the use of abbreviations, emoticons, vocabulary, capitalization, spelling, multiple letter use and the use of rare characters. The results of the investigation show that the language of World of Warcraft differs from Standard English on several aspects, primarily in the use of abbreviations. This is supported by secondary sources. The results also show that the use of language is probably not based on the desire to deliver a message quickly, but rather to reach out to people. In addition, the results show that the language found in World of Warcraft is more advanced than a simple effort to try to imitate speech, thereby performing more than written speech.

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2009. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
computer game, World of Warcraft, Internet language, Netspeak, abbreviation, emoticons
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-4142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-4142DiVA: diva2:221885
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, Karlstads Universitet (English)
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2009-06-23 Created: 2009-06-05 Last updated: 2009-06-24Bibliographically approved

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