Whisper Down the Lane
A game with chat language
This unit shows the communicative potential and informative power of chat language.In a “Whisper Down the Lane” circle, the first participant writes a short dialogue in formal standard German, the next person translates it into chat language, a third participant translates it back into formal standard German, and so on. Participants compare their results: What contents got through the “lane”? Is chat language really “impoverished” or “weakened” language?