The Phenomenology of Experiencing Oneself Online: Critical Dimensions of Identity and Language Use in Virtual Spaces

  • Liudmila KlimanovaEmail author
Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)


The emerging arrays of online environments readily accessible constitute primary settings through which routine constructions of identity are curated through the use of second language (L2) as a tool of social interaction and self-identification in virtual networks. Little is known, however, about the effects of such virtual experiences on the learners’ perception of themselves as L2 speakers. This lack of research attention to the psychological contexts of such experiences has resulted in a paucity of knowledge about what motivates L2 learners to construct and negotiate their speaker positions in virtual social spaces. This chapter proposes to conceptualize virtual social experience in phenomenological terms; that is, as a subjectively lived life moment that carries personal meaning and significance for further individual development.


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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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