Humans as Corpus – Language Learning Strategies in Virtually Mediated Authentic Environments
Daniel Jung (LINGO project, HIT centre, Allegaten 27 5007 Bergen (Norway)
This paper deals with the design and presuppositions of a research project yet to be conducted. The notion of "linguistically relevant data" is interpreted as the language resource which is represented by other humans. In a MOO environment (virtually mediated), students' language learning strategies are observed and described, especially the use they make of the communication with co-students and native speakers (authentic environment). Resource means thus both people and conserved communication (transcripts, discussion board messages). Rather than discussing the act of collecting and storing these data technically, the attention is drawn to the use the students make of those data, how they learn from each other and their own language production.