The Linguistics Secrets Found in Billions of Emoji

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McCulloch, Gretchen
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Every day, we send almost 6 billion emoji from our smartphones, but what kinds of patterns can you find when you look at all this data together? How do different cultures and nationalities use emoji differently? Are there hidden linguistic patterns in our quickly-dashed-off emoji utterances? Do emoji represent a fundamental shift away from old-fashioned word-based language or a return to a more flexible, pre-modern style of textual communication? This presentation explores the future of English using billions of word and emoji data points from real people.