Negotiation of Expertise in Fantasy Role-Playing Gaming

by Victoria Jesswein last modified 2020-08-29T17:30:45-07:00
Sean Hendricks University of Georgia Scholars in the field of conversational interaction (Schlegloff, 1989; Jacoby & Gonzales, 1991) propose that the distinction between expert and novice in an interaction is not a dichotomous relationship that is maintained throughout the interaction. Instead, the distribution of expertise among participants in an interaction can be seen as fluid and dynamic, where participants are seen as “more-knowing” or “less-knowing” at different moments in the interaction. Jacoby and Gonzales (1991) examine the distribution of expertise in the discourse of a university physics group, showing how moment-by-moment ratification of expertise is achieved through various strategies.

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