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Communication enhanced by use of emojis says professor of linguistics

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Baggs Sat 15-Jul-17 06:53:16

That written communications are enhanced by the use of emojis has been endorsed by a former professor of linguistics at Bangor University, Vyvyan Evans: "“Emojis are actually making us more effective communicators in the digital communicative space because they’re filling in something that’s actually missing . . . the non-verbal cues that tell us how the message should be interpreted.”

He says that people who pooh-pooh emoji use "don't understand how communication works."

MawBroon Sat 15-Jul-17 06:57:16

smile 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓👵🏻👍🏻👍😭😭😭

Jane10 Sat 15-Jul-17 07:26:23


Imperfect27 Sat 15-Jul-17 07:45:14

There! And I thought I was actually just being s bit lazy and trying to keep up with my children! grin grin grin

Cherrytree59 Sat 15-Jul-17 08:27:13

I would agree,
My main communication to friends and family is via text (free text minutes)
Text messages tend be short so the emoji gives clues to how to interpret the message.

Having had to deal a lot with workmen last year I found that when texting the electrician, builder etc even though I was being
very bossy constructive with a long to do lists a little smile face at the end of the message seemed to keep them on side.
And obviously copious amount of tea and cake (also good emoji for a little bribery).

I often receive text messages from my hairdresser or the Cattery lady etc who end their text with a X.
I find sending x's to acquaintance slightly odd so I usually end with asmile

NanaandGrampy Sat 15-Jul-17 09:09:13

I totally agree. The use of an appropriate emoji can change the whole tone of a text .

MawBroon Sat 15-Jul-17 09:50:11

I expect that in time we will come to communicate entirely by emoji and our language will resemble the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt hmm

rosesarered Sat 15-Jul-17 09:55:09

It's because we can't see other faces when we type.The whole tone of a post can be changed by an emoji.

I like your post! smile
I like your post! grin
I like your post! angry

devongirl Sat 15-Jul-17 10:07:20

Maw it can be an entertaining experience to see how much you can write using emojis wherever possible! (Sad, I know..)

devongirl Sat 15-Jul-17 10:08:19

I do think actually that emojis are useful because it can be very difficult to convey tone just using text, which can lead to the recipient misunderstanding the tone..

grannysue05 Sat 15-Jul-17 10:31:29

We are discussing tone, interpretation and intention via text we add numerous little faces conveying our meaning.
Which brings me to the question of burkas and niqabs. How can these women whose faces are so completely concealed, convey their meaning to anyone?

Antonia Sat 15-Jul-17 11:24:18

I find it sad that women feel they have to wear burkas or niqabs. Of course I am sure that some women want to wear burkas etc and they are not being coerced, but nevertheless, they can't express themselves well or convey much meaning. A great deal of communication is through body language and facial expression and nearly all of this is lost by the all enveloping garments.

MawBroon Sat 15-Jul-17 11:28:08

I don't agree that facial expression is essential. We have for years and years listened to plays, dramas, comedy programmes, news programmes and all of that on the RADIO and the human voice is capable of a depth of expression which you seem to ignore.
Let's not get into the argument about burkas/niqabs etc.

Jalima1108 Sat 15-Jul-17 12:48:36


Some people are just so much cleverer than others with emojis - but at least I can cut and paste wink

Time for brewandcupcake

rosesarered Sat 15-Jul-17 12:53:02

...and a 🍷