The effect of language sharedness and visibility on communicative success and speaker evaluations in zoom meetings.
The processes of globalization and digitalization are increasing the importance of non-native interactions using ELF (English as a Lingua Franca). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several components of everyday life were forced to shut down. With this came an increase in use of digital-based communication technologies such as Zoom. Due to this change in dynamics, successful communication relies more and more on technology. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the reactions of shared/non-shared L1 background and visible/not visible regarding task performance (number of differences spotted & communicative success rating) and speaker evaluations (Likeability, self-perceived language proficiency, perceived language proficiency of interlocutor, competence & solidarity). In a Diapix task experiment, 34 Dutch and German participants took part in a task in which they were required to spot the differences in the pictures provided. Findings showed that participants with the shared non-visible condition rated each other higher on likeability than participants with the shared visible condition.
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