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Title: The nature of reference in computer-mediated role-play
Authors: TEA JIUN HAW, ALAN
Keywords: Reference, blending, pronoun, identity, computer, role-play
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2005
Source: TEA JIUN HAW, ALAN (2005-02-01). The nature of reference in computer-mediated role-play. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this study, I give an account of reference and blending in a computer role-playing game. Focusing on the behaviour of pronominals (e.g. a??mea??, a??youa??, a??Ia??), I demonstrate firstly, that traditional accounts fail to adequately explain pronominal referential ambiguity. Consequently, by drawing selectively on the theories of mental spaces and conceptual integration networks (Fauconnier and Turner, 2002), I argue for a more efficacious approach which highlights the blending of the player and the character entities. Secondly, conceptual integration networks are observed to facilitate immersiveness and they also give rise to an understanding of pronominal reference where identity is pluralized, distributed and dynamic. Lastly, the referential processes of transformation and induction are postulated to account for complex referential phenomena in protracted multi-player discourse.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/14443
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