Thursday, May 11, 2017

Are celebrities ruining emoji?

Emoji is more than just those silly characters you use to decorate an Instagram post. There’s an increasingly credible argument from linguists and anthropologists that it’s an actual type of language – or proto-language. In 2015, Professor Vyv Evans of Bangor University in Wales described emoji as the “fastest-growing language in the UK.” Evans wasn’t talking about the numbers of native speakers (“Voulez-vous eggplant avec moi? Ce soir?”), but rather the speed at which it’s evolved. Every year, hundreds and thousands of new icons and characters are added to Emoji’s ever expansive lexicon. What I find particularly interesting about Emoji is that it’s…

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