Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Smile, It's an Emoji; Another Tool in Our Linguistic Toolbox Used by Clever, Creative Artists

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Smile, It's an Emoji; Another Tool in Our Linguistic Toolbox Used by Clever, Creative Artists

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Byline: Lauren Collister

WHETHER you view them as a scourge or a convenience, emoji are ubiquitous in online communication.

Emoji are an evolution of the emoticon, a sequence of punctuation marks intended to represent a face.

Emoji and emoticons have developed to mean much more in language than the faces they represent.

According to behavioural scientist Shao-Kang Lo, emoji are "quasi non-verbal cues", presented as verbal cues but communicating non-verbal information.

They can also indicate characteristics of their users, such as linguist Tyler Schnoebelen's observation that people who put noses in their emoticons tend to be older than those who use noseless emoticons.

Schnoebelen has another observation about emoji: they have grammar. Presumably, then, one could communicate a complete thought using only emoji.

There is a lot of controversy over whether emoji can tell a story on their own. While emoji can convey mood or tone, they have some drawbacks. …

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