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Emojis And The Future of Language


Wednesday May 25, 2016

Digital technologies are changing the way we communicate as well as the way we write and spell.  And with emojis we don’t have to do either.  You can say things using pictures like our caveman ancestors.  The use of emojis crosses generations.  Are we dumbing down society or creating a new, creative visual language?  Three language experts share their thoughts in an emoji free conversation on the topic.

Josephine Koster
, Professor of English and Director of English Graduate Studies at Winthrop University
Tyler Schnoebelen, founder and chief analyst at Idibon, a natural language processing firm
Dr. John McArthur, Associate Professor of Communication, and Director, Undergraduate Programs in the Knight School of Communication at Queens University