Multimodal humor in emoji-mediated emotive communication
Mei-Ya Liang

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/9781914291050-15

In: Proceedings of the XXIst International CALL Research Conference (pp. 107–116)
Edited by Jozef Colpaert, Yijen Wang, Glenn Stockwell (2022)


Abstract

Drawing on the features of sociality, mobility, and multimodality, the researcher presents emoji-mediated discussions among 43 university students in a Facebook group. The results of discourse-pragmatic analyses show the participants’ frequent use of expressive and representative communicative acts and various types of multimodal humor, alongside laughing and thinking emojis. Utterance-final face emojis and other affective expressions have particularly been employed to make communicative moves and construct humorous discourses. This article discusses expressive and playful potentials of emojis in computer-mediated communication. This study may help to understand the impacts which social media are having on the students’ development of digital literacy and affective linguistic practices.

Suggested citation:

Liang, M.-Y. (2022). Multimodal humor in emoji-mediated emotive communication. In J. Colpaert, Y. Wang, & G. Stockwell (Eds.), Proceedings of the XXIst International CALL Research Conference (pp. 107–116). London: Castledown Publishers. https://doi.org/10.29140/9781914291050-15