Variation and Change in Emoji Usage: A Computational Approach to Dynamic Semiotic Systems

Language is mostly being studied in two separate fields, traditional linguistics on the one hand and computational linguistics on the other. Our project will address the chasm between these lines of research by investigating how semiotic systems change if new items are added. Specifically, we will use machine learning to analyse semantic dynamics in emoji usage. Apart from the study, we want to establish a broader basis for co-operation between linguists and computer scientists by conducting a workshop on computational approaches to language change. We hope that the project will inspire future work bridging the gap between sciences and humanities.

Balliol Lead Investigators

Yuki Asano, CDT Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems

Valentin Hofmann, DPhil student, Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics