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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.

伦敦一家公司已经在招募表情符号翻译者,这应该是世界上第一个这种类型的工作。

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

这份工作包括解释迷你表情图片使用中的跨文化差异,以及编写每月趋势报告。

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

一位英国语言学家去年曾表示,表情符号是英国发展最快的语言。

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

今日翻译公司的老板尤尔加•奇林斯基尼需要为她的一位客户找个人,把记事簿翻译成表情符号,但找不到这方面的专家。

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

她说,翻译软件能做的有限,还是需要人工翻译,因此该公司发布了一则在线招聘广告。

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

那么,可以认为表情符号是一种语言吗?曼彻斯特大都会大学的语言学高级讲师罗博•德拉蒙德认为,当然不行。

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.

德拉蒙德说,他检测一种语言的方法是你必须能将一个完整的句子以相同的意思从一个人传递给另一个人,意思可以不固定,但是要有相同的部分。而表情符号的意义因人而异。

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

表情符号传达的意思比文字更微妙,而且它与手势和身体语言一样,可以为旁边的文字增添意义。

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