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Jenseits des Alphabets – Kommunikation mit Emojis


Dürscheid, Christa; Siever, Christina Margrit (2017). Jenseits des Alphabets – Kommunikation mit Emojis. Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik, 45(2):256-285.

Abstract

The paper provides an overview of the functions of emojis in everyday written communication - either used to complement or to replace text. The first chapter presents the current research literature on this topic and addresses the differences between unicode emojis and the former ASCII-signs. Then we discuss a question hotly debated by the public: May emojis be considered the basis of a new universal language? After having shown on both the lexical and the grammatical level that this cannot be the case we move on to the question whether, within our alphabetic system of writing, emojis may be used as additional graphic signs. The last chapter offers some examples of WhatsApp messages containing emojis in the various functions discussed before (as allographs and ideograms, for instance). Furthermore, a frequency analysis based on the Swiss WhatsApp corpus shows the distribution of emojis in these data.

Abstract

The paper provides an overview of the functions of emojis in everyday written communication - either used to complement or to replace text. The first chapter presents the current research literature on this topic and addresses the differences between unicode emojis and the former ASCII-signs. Then we discuss a question hotly debated by the public: May emojis be considered the basis of a new universal language? After having shown on both the lexical and the grammatical level that this cannot be the case we move on to the question whether, within our alphabetic system of writing, emojis may be used as additional graphic signs. The last chapter offers some examples of WhatsApp messages containing emojis in the various functions discussed before (as allographs and ideograms, for instance). Furthermore, a frequency analysis based on the Swiss WhatsApp corpus shows the distribution of emojis in these data.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:German
Date:2017
Deposited On:05 Oct 2017 08:45
Last Modified:05 Oct 2017 08:45
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0301-3294
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/zgl-2017-0013
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:Primo_Central:TN_scopus2-s2.0-85028683592 (Library Catalogue)

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