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“Can we do a turtle?” – An exploratory study on semi-technical vocabulary in MMO gaming

Hussin, Hasnyzar and Mohamad Ali, Afiza (2019) “Can we do a turtle?” – An exploratory study on semi-technical vocabulary in MMO gaming. In: 3rd International Language and Tourism Conference 2019 (ILTC 2019), 18 -19 Oct 2019, Pagoh, Johor.

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The rapid development of Massively Multiple Online Games (MMOGs) over the years has enabled players from different geographical, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to meet, play and communicate with each other online in the context of gaming. Such setting forms a breeding ground for new language to emerge, particularly the language of gaming. However, research on gaming language has not done justice to how fast the industry has grown with arguments on creating an MMO-gamer or M-gamer corpus in linguistics study. This exploratory study aims to investigate the discourse of gamers through an analysis of semi-technical words used in gaming genre in relation to English for Specific Purposes (ESP). This study also seeks to examine the different in-gaming contexts in which these semi-technical words exist. Data was collected using a qualitative research design, via cyber-ethnographic hands-on approach, or ‘lurking’, in order to experience the socio-cultural in-game context itself and also through a self-compiled list of in-game vocabulary related to gaming. Results revealed varied and peculiar semi-technical words suggesting the exclusive but commonly shared knowledge of in-game language among gamers. Implications of the study are also highlighted

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 7531/78149
Uncontrolled Keywords: MMOG; English for Specific Purposes; Semi-technical vocabulary; Gaming language
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Dr. Afiza Mohamad Ali
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 10:14
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 08:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/78149

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