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I Rolled a One and I'm Dead: Person Reference Across the Multiple Worlds of Table-Top Roleplaying Games

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posted on 16.10.2017, 00:17 authored by CATHERINE LEANNE COOK
This thesis explores the use of person reference in table-top roleplaying games. These games involve participants portraying characters in a fictional world, often referring to those characters with by the player’s own names or through personal pronouns such as I. Through analysis of natural language data, I investigate current reference theories before creating a model of reference to explain roleplaying reference. The findings of this research suggest that reference is not related to the world external to the speaker, but rather to the internal worlds and mental representations created around their conversation and the activities to which they pertain.


Principal supervisor

Simon Musgrave

Additional supervisor 1

Alice Gaby

Additional supervisor 2

Howie Manns

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Arts