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Emojis: a grapholinguistic approach


Dürscheid, Christa; Meletis, Dimitrios (2019). Emojis: a grapholinguistic approach. In: Haralambous, Yannis. Graphemics in the 21st Century : Brest, June 13-15, 2018, Proceedings. Brest: Fluxus Editions, 167-183.

Abstract

The present article stands at the interface of CMC research andgrapholinguistics. After outlining which features are typical of the writing of pri­vate text messages, the focus of the first part of the paper (Sections 2 and 3) lieson the use of emojis. Notably, emoji use is not—as is commonly done—analyzedunder a pragmatic perspective, but grapholinguistically, at the graphetic andgraphematic levels: emojis are conceptualized as visual shapes that may assumegraphematic functions within a given writing system. In the second part (Sec­tion 4), it is underlined that all variants of written digital communication (suchas the use of emojis, but also all other characters) are made possible only due tothe Unicode Consortium’s decisions; this, finally, is argued to have far­reaching consequences for the future of writing.

Abstract

The present article stands at the interface of CMC research andgrapholinguistics. After outlining which features are typical of the writing of pri­vate text messages, the focus of the first part of the paper (Sections 2 and 3) lieson the use of emojis. Notably, emoji use is not—as is commonly done—analyzedunder a pragmatic perspective, but grapholinguistically, at the graphetic andgraphematic levels: emojis are conceptualized as visual shapes that may assumegraphematic functions within a given writing system. In the second part (Sec­tion 4), it is underlined that all variants of written digital communication (suchas the use of emojis, but also all other characters) are made possible only due tothe Unicode Consortium’s decisions; this, finally, is argued to have far­reaching consequences for the future of writing.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:16 Dec 2019 19:11
Last Modified:16 Dec 2019 19:11
Publisher:Fluxus Editions
Series Name:Grapholinguistics and its applications
Number:1
ISBN:978-2-9570549-0-9
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.36824/2018-graf-duer

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