Communicating Spatial Relations Using Online Chat: A Comparative Study Using Physical, Virtual, and Graphical Building Blocks

Communicating Spatial Relations Using Online Chat: A Comparative Study Using Physical, Virtual, and Graphical Building Blocks

Theodor Wyeld (Flinders University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5332-8.ch011
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Abstract

The block construction exercises described in this chapter were used to investigate how spatial communication about the manipulation of objects in virtual, physical, and graphical space is communicated using online text. Where this study differs from previous research in the area is in its use of a qualitative methodology to investigate how these types of interactions are structured, communicated, and interpreted via text-based media. What emerges from the qualitative analysis is new insights over the previous quantitative investigations. More particularly, this mode of investigation has revealed the apparent superior efficacy of the fragmenting of three-dimensional spatial arrangements into two-dimensional planar representations using a simple ABC123 grid-wise coordinate system. The spatial terms used by participants in their textual communications are filtered according to Lefebvre's thirdspace and deictic spatial expressions.
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