RE: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Ruszlan Gaszanov (
Date: Thu Dec 25 2008 - 05:55:25 CST

Ok, but we can't really compare consistent ideographic writing systems like
hieroglyphics and Han with emoji, which is merely a random collection of
various unrelated dingbats.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Werner LEMBERG
Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2008 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

> > Egyptian hieroglyphs and emoticons have distinct semantics.
> In fact the Egyptian Hieroglyph character "hippo" is just a hippo.

We don't have to look at Egyptian Hieroglyphs at all -- CJK characters
contain essentially the same stuff. If you go back long enough in
time you'll find a period where those glyphs indeed just depict the
corresponding object.


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