I'm a student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. For the final paper in my linguistic anthropology course, I am writing about jargon acquisition in World of Warcraft. Part of my thesis involves looking at differences in jargon use between male and female players.
Anway, I am looking for informants to answer a series of questions:
When did you begin playing World of Warcraft, and what is your highest level character?
When I say, "World of Warcraft related jargon," what comes to mind?
How did you learn to decipher, for example, trade chat?
How often did you reference other players to have them explain an in-game term?
How often did you reference a website or forum to explain an in-game term?
Do you use in-game abbreviations, jargon, and slang, or do you prefer to use more "proper" spelling and so on?
If you're interested in participating, either answer as a comment, or e-mail me at email@example.com
Edit: Wow you guys (gals?) are awesome! Thanks to everyone who's helped out!
- LF research help!