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Emojis: A Grapholinguistic Approach
Christa Dürscheid ORCID iD icon & Dimitrios Meletis ORCID iD icon
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Abstract. The present article stands at the interface of CMC research and grapholinguistics. 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) lies on the use of emojis. Notably, emoji use is not—as is commonly done—analyzed under a pragmatic perspective, but grapholinguistically, at the graphetic and graphematic levels: emojis are conceptualized as visual shapes that may assume graphematic functions within a given writing system. In the second part (Section 4), it is underlined that all variants of written digital communication (such as the use of emojis, but also all other characters) are made possible only due to the Unicode Consortium's decisions; this, finally, is argued to have far-reaching consequences for the future of writing.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36824/2018-graf-duer


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