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The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code

The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats

Book - 2017
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Charts the evolutionary origins of language, the social and cultural factors that govern its use, change, and development, as well as what it reveals about the human mind. In most communication, nonverbal cues are our emotional expression, signal our personality, and are our attitude toward our addressee. They provide the essential means of nuance and are essential to getting our ideas across. But in digital communication, these cues are missing, which can lead to miscommunication. The explosion of Emoji, in less than four years, has arisen precisely because it fulfills exactly these functions which are essential for communication but are otherwise absent in texts and emails. Evans persuasively argues that emojis add tone and an emotional voice and nuance, making us more effective communicators in the digital age.
Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250129062
Branch Call Number: 302.2223 EV
Characteristics: 256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


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Using the figures above, there is one emoji used per 6,900 text messages. So, in practice, it's not as big a deal as it's cracked up to be.


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