2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Linguistic Secrets Found in Billions of Emoji

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 8ABC
531 E 4th St


Every day, we send almost 6 billion emoji from our smartphones, but what kinds of patterns can you find when you look at all this data together? How do different cultures and nationalities use emoji differently? Are there hidden linguistic patterns in our quickly-dashed-off emoji utterances? Do emoji represent a fundamental shift away from old-fashioned word-based language or a return to a more flexible, pre-modern style of textual communication? We've got billions of data points from people's real emoji use - join us as we share these never-before-seen insights.

Hashtags: #sxsw #EmojiLang


Ben Medlock at SXSW

Ben Medlock



As co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens. The company’s mission is to enhance the int...

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Gretchen McCulloch at SXSW

Gretchen McCulloch


All Things Linguistic

I write about linguistics for a general audience, especially about language on the internet.

Notable internet linguistics topics I’ve covered include: the grammar of doge at The Toast, whether e...

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