Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: David Starner (
Date: Tue Jan 13 2009 - 05:35:19 CST

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    On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:21 AM, Leo Broukhis <> wrote:
    > Thank you. Now, to demonstrate non-interchangeability one has to
    > present a minimal pair: a piece of text where only one character of
    > the two "feels right". While I can think of such a pair in case of the
    > DOG emoji, which, can be used, stretching the imagination not too
    > much, instead of jocular "Arf!" as in "My dog sends his
    > greetings/looks forward to seeing you again", etc. where neither "inu"
    > in kana nor 犬 would do, I cannot for the life of me think of such a
    > pair for the ELEPHANT emoji, to name one that has a kanji.

    That's trivial; "so you're getting an [ELEPHANT]?" I could send that
    to my sister, but if it were to be replaced by kanji, she would be
    utterly confused.

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