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ToK presentation: Could emojis become a language in their own right?

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AOK: Natural Sciences
AOKs: Art & History
WOK: Sense Perception
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Emojis
are a
visual
language

There are difficulties in expressing them
verbally

BSL
doesn't use verbal communication either
Many natural sciences have a 'language' of
notation
that is
universal

δ - delta; θ - theta; σ - sigma; Ω - omega
Mostly based on letters from the
Greek alphabet

=
WOK: Language
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Emojis
are
universal
Numbers
are
universal

Essentially a
visual
language
Cultural impact
WOK: Emotion
AOK: Mathematics
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Usage of emojis varies between countries

Differing cultural associations
Emojis are frequently used to help express
tone
or
emotion

6 basic emotions

Emoji Dick
Could emojis become a language in their own right?
Hieroglyphs
on the temple at ancient Ombos, near modern Kawm Umbu, Egypt.
Sources
Cover of the ICI magazine Plastics Today from 1965, illustrating
signs
designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert
Images of emojis:
http://www.iemoji.com/

Images of Emoji Dick:
Book cover - http://animalnewyork.com/2013/library-of-congress-acquires-emoji-dick-herman-melville/
Example pages - http://ideagazer.com/2014/06/15/emojidick/

Image of cuneiform writing:
http://www.answers.com/T/Cuneiform

Image of hieroglyphic writing:
http://www.britannica.com/topic/hieroglyphic-writing

Image of road signs:
http://design.designmuseum.org/design/jock-kinneir-margaret-calvert

Image of MSN emoticons:
http://www.sherv.net/MSN-Info/Adding-MSN-Custom-Emoticons/Add-MSN-Emoticons.html

Image of DoCoMo emojis:
http://keitaimail.blogspot.co.uk/

Image of 6 basic emotions:
http://www.cs.unc.edu/~andrei/expressions/

Map of emoji usage:
http://swiftkey.com/en/press-releases/swiftkey-emoji-report-released-comparing-emoji-use-across-16-countries/
Some of the original
emojis
used by the DoCoMo company
Chinese
writing
Cave painting
in the Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz, Argentina
Cuneiform
writing
Conclusion?
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