(Re-)Opening an encounter in the virtual world of Second Life : on types of joint presence in avatar interaction

  • 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.

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Author:Laura Kohonen-Aho, Anna Vatanen
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-651587
DOI:https://doi.org/10.21248/jfml.2021.30
ISSN:2569-6491
Parent Title (German):Journal für Medienlinguistik : jfml = Journal for media linguistics
Publisher:Institut für Deutsche Sprache
Place of publication:Mannheim
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2021/10/27
Date of first Publication:2021/10/27
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/12/21
Tag:(re-)openings; avatars; co-presence; conversation analysis; encounter; gathering; multimodal interaction; participation; transition; virtual embodiment; virtual worlds
Volume:4
Issue:2
Page Number:38
First Page:14
Last Page:51
HeBIS-PPN:490320287
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Journal für Medienlinguistik : jfml = Journal for media linguistics
Journal:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-478105
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0