The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code

The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that the use of emoji in daily communications isn't taking mankind back to the dark ages of illiteracy, but rather helps fulfill an important function by adding emotional voice, tone, and nuance to text and emails.

McMillan Palgrave

Drawing from disciplines as diverse as linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience, The Emoji Code explores how emojis are expanding communication and not ending it.

For all the handwringing about the imminent death of written language, emoji—those happy faces and hearts—is not taking us backward to the dark ages of illiteracy. Every day 41.5 billion texts are sent by one quarter of the world, using 6 million emoji. Evans argues that these symbols enrich our ability to communicate and allow us to express our emotions and induce empathy—ultimately making us all better communicators.

Vyvyan Evans's Emoji Code 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 emoji add tone and an emotional voice and nuance, making us more effective communicators in the digital age.

& Taylor

A language expert explains how the use of emoji in our daily communications isn’t taking mankind back to the dark ages of illiteracy, but rather helps fulfill an important function by adding emotional voice, tone and nuance to text and emails.

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2017
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250129062
Branch Call Number: 302.2223 EVA
Characteristics: 256 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,23 cm.


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