Jens Allwood, Ralph SchroederIntercultural Communication in Virtual Environment
In this paper we explore and describe aspects of intercultural communication in an Internet based virtual environment. In spite of a massive Anglo-American dominance, the Internet share of non-English language use and of participants from non-English speaking countries is steadily increasing (cf Flydal). Our study is based on observing spontaneous text-based communication in a potentially multilingual and multicultural setting, the Active Worlds multi-user VR system. The paper examines a number of features of this communication, such as length of contributions, languages used, origins of participants, types of introductions, topics, vocabulary and communication management.