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Phraseology and Lexicogrammatical Patterns in Two Emergent Paragame Genres Videogame Tutorials and Walkthroughs

Abstract : This paper looks at the lexico-grammatical patterns found in two paragame [paratextual game] genres: videogame tutorials and walkthroughs. Adopting a “contextualist” (Firth 1957) approach, the author posits that these two genres are both well-defined and phraseologically distinct, and he demonstrates this through a corpus-driven, phraseological analysis of “key” grammatical items. Gledhill's analysis allows insight into statistically more likely occurring particles, adverbs, conjunctions, and pronouns in these genres, as well as three main sets of patterns relating to (1) the management of the player’s moves within the imaginary space of the game, (2) the framing of advice, and (3) the tracing of relationships between individual discourse referents, for example, through the use of pronouns. Adopting a systemic functional approach to discussing his results, Gledhill argues (following Bloor & Bloor 2013) that it would be erroneous to see this type of language as anything like LGP (language for general purposes), because every language event is contextualized and codified accordingly: it follows that videogame tutorials and walkthroughs should be seen as 'discourses for specific purposes".
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Christopher Gledhill. Phraseology and Lexicogrammatical Patterns in Two Emergent Paragame Genres Videogame Tutorials and Walkthroughs. Astrid Ensslin; Isabel Balteiro. Approaches to Video-Game Discourse: Lexis, Interaction, Textuality. Bloomsbury Academic: Oxford, pp58-86., Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. ⟨hal-03274243⟩



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