Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: John Hudson (
Date: Wed Dec 24 2008 - 12:58:57 CST

Joó Ádám wrote:

>> The syntactical form of English exclamations is usually identical to the
>> syntactical form of English questions, so the punctuation marks distinguish
>> and tell us how to read them.

> Exactly. Just as emoticons can distinguish and tell us how to read them.

Without the punctuation marks one cannot distinguish meaning between two
syntactically identical classes of utterance. I have yet to see any
emoticons that are essential to understanding text, which is not
surprising since they are not linked to grammatical structures in the
way that punctuation is.


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