Title

Linguistic Properties of Emojis and Punctuation in Text Messaging

Date

6-1-2017 9:15 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 9:30 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

English, Writing and Linguistics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Since its development over the past twenty years, text messaging has swept the world and captured everybody’s attention. It rapidly became the most common form of communication, adopted for its privacy, speed, and ease of use. It also became a hotbed for orthographic innovation, which resulted in what some today call “textspeak.” This “textspeak” is often looked down upon for being too informal and childish compared to Standard Written English, but what people don’t see is the very deliberate ways that texters manipulate common features of English to fill the gap that’s left when there’s no face to face interaction. This paper focuses on the ways that emojis and punctuation are used in text messages to represent tone and attitude instead of structure.

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Jun 1st, 9:15 AM Jun 1st, 9:30 AM

Linguistic Properties of Emojis and Punctuation in Text Messaging

WUC Willamette Room

Since its development over the past twenty years, text messaging has swept the world and captured everybody’s attention. It rapidly became the most common form of communication, adopted for its privacy, speed, and ease of use. It also became a hotbed for orthographic innovation, which resulted in what some today call “textspeak.” This “textspeak” is often looked down upon for being too informal and childish compared to Standard Written English, but what people don’t see is the very deliberate ways that texters manipulate common features of English to fill the gap that’s left when there’s no face to face interaction. This paper focuses on the ways that emojis and punctuation are used in text messages to represent tone and attitude instead of structure.