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我们为什么爱用emoji?

现在的小伙伴们无论是发微信还是写邮件,都喜欢在文字中加几个“表情符号emoji”,有时甚至只用这些小图标就可以表达一句话。为什么emoji流行得这么快?答案不仅仅是“这很可爱”这么简单。

 

The rise of the emoji

 

 

 

Happy, angry, amazed – these are some of the emotions we like to express these days when we're sending a message on our smartphones! That's why many of us now add little pictures to our texts to brighten up someones mobile screen but we're also using them as a quick way of telling someone how we're feeling. Yes, emojis have become a vital tool for communication.

 

Let's clear one thing up first – there are emojis and emoticons. The latter are little images made using normal keys on a keyboard. For example, a colon, two dots, followed by the curved line of a close brackets is a ‘smiley face’. But as technology has become more sophisticated, premade images have been created that can be simply added to your messages, which is great!

 

The emoji was first invented in Japan in the late 1990s and the word 'emoji' comes from the Japanese words for 'picture' and 'character'. The number of different images has dramatically increased since then and now we have a picture for every mood or situation.

 

So now we have the option to give this new creation the visual 'thumbs-up' but have you thought (puzzled face) why we've become so addicted to using emojis? Professor Vyv Evans, has written a book called ‘The Emoji Code’ – he says "increasingly, what we’re finding is that digital communication is taking over from certain aspects of face-to-face interaction… one of the reasons emojis are so interesting is that they really do enable us to express our emotional selves much more effectively." So emojis are a sort of substitute for the visual signals or nonverbal cues we normally give when we speak to someone face-to-face.

 

Another advantage of emojis is that they are an international language – they don't use words but tell a message in pictorial form so they can be easily interpreted whatever your native language. However, the emojis you send need some thought as they can sometimes be misinterpreted – if a friend sends you an emoji of a hammer, you may think he is angry when really he is saying he has hurt himself or he is clumsy!

 

Emojis are a good way for showing empathy – they are a virtual hug or a flirtatious tease. But as linguist Neil Cohn says, "to many, emoji are an exciting evolution of the way we communicate; to others, they are linguistic Armageddon." It does show there is a lot more to our communication than words alone but does this mean the decline in traditional writing?

词汇表

happy 高兴的

angry 愤怒的

amazed惊讶的

to express 表露、表达(情感)

emoji 表情符号,绘文字

sophisticated 复杂精致的

mood情绪,心情

thumbs-up (竖起拇指)赞

puzzled 迷惑的

addicted使人沉迷的,上瘾的

face-to-face面对面的

substitute替代物

non-verbal cue非言语的暗示

pictorial 图画的

interpreted 被理解

clumsy 笨手笨脚的

empathy 同感、共鸣

flirtatious打情骂俏的

linguistic Armageddon “语言的末日 即语言的灭绝

来源:BBC英语

 

 

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