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Emoji as the Face of Language Change

July 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free - $15

The internet has created a space of rapid and widespread human communication. With the breakneck speed of linguistic innovation, how do you tell your emoji from your emoticons? Your WhatsApp from your SnapChat?

In this talk, Dr Lauren Gawne examines how technology has shaped language throughout history, and discusses why children using hashtags and emojis on Instagram can be interpreted as a sign of good linguistic skills. TICKETS HERE.

Lauren not only looks at what humans are doing with language on the internet, but what the computers are up to as well, and how this may be the biggest influence of technology on language since the invention of the printing press.


Lauren Gawne head shot editedDr Lauren Gawne is a linguist who is interested in how people use language in their everyday life. Lauren is a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University. Lauren’s research focuses on gesture, phonetics and evidentiality, with a focus on Tibetan languages spoken in Nepal. She has also worked on internet English, including the grammar of LOLspeak. Lauren runs the generalist linguistics website Superlinguo, co-hosts the podcast Lingthusiasm and writes ‘By Lingo’ a regular column for The Big Issue about the history of everyday words.


July 26, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free - $15
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Humanities 21
0417 464 001
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Level 52, 101 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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