(un)common ground

a commonplace book


Three things that I like about this tweet, linguistically: 

1. It syntactically integrates the emoji into the sentence into what is, indeed, an adjectival position. This is (currently) a rarer way of using emoji – we more commonly put them at the end of an utterance to indicate how we feel about what comes before, or as an entire utterance to respond to what a previous person said – but if emoji do get linguistically integrated in a systematic fashion, this is what it could look like. 

2. The emoji that it uses is already a symbolic (linguistic) representation, since it consists of numbers, albeit in a specific format that has a different meaning from just “100″. If an emoji contains a word, is it language, a picture, or both?

3. Despite the fact that it’s talking about using emoji instead of words, it uses 24 words and only 2 emojis to do so. Emoji aren’t a simple replacement of words for pictures but rather the development of a more complicated system that integrates the two. You could call it 💯.


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