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Emoji translator wanted! Is it you?

2016-December-19       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

A company in London has advertised for an emoji translator in what is thought to be the first such job worldwide.


The role will involve explaining cross-cultural misunderstandings in the use of the mini pictures, and compiling a monthly trends report.


Last year, a UK linguist said emoji was the country's fastest-growing language.


Jurga Zilinskiene, head of Today Translations, needed someone to translate diaries into emojis for one of her clients, but could not find a specialist.


She says software translations can only go so far and a human translator was needed, so the agency posted an online job advert.


So can emojis be considered a language? No, absolutely not, says Rob Drummond, a senior lecturer in linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University.


He says his test for a language is that you have to be able to translate a full sentence from one to another, with shared meanings - not necessarily fixed, but shared - and emoji meanings vary from person to person.


Emojis are more nuanced than words and, like gestures or body language, can add meaning to the text they go alongside.


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