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The language games of virtual communities: The case of a Romanian expatriate forum

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This article assesses the relevance of Wittgenstein’s late philosophy for the study of online forms of communication. In particular, the article deals with the appropriateness of using the concept of language game for the purpose of describing what happens in a virtual community. Testing Wittgenstein’s concept of language game in online context, we also analyse the language practices of one specific virtual community (patterns of communication, style, roles of members, internal organization of this ‘form of life’).
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Keywords: Wittgenstein; imagined community; language game; linguistic style; online communities; online discursive practices

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University of Iasi

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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