3 Links for the Linguistics of Emoji

Today’s 3 links are for the linguistics of emoji:

Emojis of #BlackLivesMatter - Emojipedia blog
Blog post
This article looks at the Black Lives Matter protests and significant increase in use in the Raised Fist with Dark Skin Tone emoji. See also this Emojipedia piece on skin tone, family emoji and equality in representation. The topic of the use of skin tone is also discussed in the 2015 episode of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast Appropriate Emoji. 54m32s duration. Transcript on page.

Upside-down Smiley Face - Jane Solomon’s Lexical Items blog
Blog post
This blog post explores the semantics of the upside-down smily-face emoji 🙃. This provides a good model for exploring the pragmatics of emoji use in interaction.

Lingthusiasm Episode 34: Emoji are Gesture Because Internet
Podcast
This podcast episode is enthusiastic about emoji, and how gesture studies can bring us to a better understanding of these new digital pictures. 30m30s duration (relevant content starts at 4m59s). Transcript available. See also the open access research article this episode is based on, and a summary of the research on The Conversation.

A distraction:
Where it all started. The original emoji set (or is it?) as added to The Museum of Modern Art.

Via AllThingsLinguistic

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