A study on how cultural and gender parameters affect emoticon distribution, usage and frequency in American and Japanese online discourse

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Abstract

This study attempts to understand how cultural and gender parameters affect emoticon distribution, usage and frequency in American and Japanese online discourse. From a corpus of American and Japanese personal blog comments of over 45,000 sentences and data from interviews with bloggers, emoticon function, usage and frequency were compared across gender and cross-culturally. In addition, an examination of how emoticons interact with the linguistic text and other unconventional means of communication such as unconventional phonetic spelling, was also given consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApproaches to Internet Pragmatics. Theory and practice
EditorsChaoqun Xie, Francisco Yus, Hartmut Haberland
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages287-320
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260352
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePragmatics and Beyond New Series
Volume318
ISSN (Print)0922-842X

Keywords

  • American
  • Culture
  • Emoticons
  • Gender
  • Japanese
  • Negative impact downgraders (NID's)
  • Positive impact upgraders (PIU's)
  • Speech act markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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