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GIFs in online interaction: embodied cues and beyond

Abstract : Recent research has characterized GIFs as a means for speakers to reproduce nonlinguistic cues such as bodily actions and facial expressions in online written interaction, which is first and foremost text-based. They make it possible to translate in digital interaction what those nonlinguistic cues enable to do in face-to-face conversation: express emotion and affect, and elaborate on what is being said. This article explores further the role and functions of GIFs as embodied cues and goes beyond, where GIF use diverges from body language in face-to-face conversation.
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Célia Schneebeli. GIFs in online interaction: embodied cues and beyond. Cahiers de l'ILSL, Lausanne: ILSL Faculté des lettres Université de Lausanne, 2019, La communication digitale, volume 2: se mettre en scène en ligne. ⟨halshs-02142774⟩



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