Can an emoji be a word?

Oxford Dictionaries thinks so — they chose one as their Word of the Year. And this has language purists fuming. But what exactly is a word?

Linguist Daniel Midgley explains on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

The Linguistics Roadshow: Dialect Maps!

Optus removes Arabic ads from shopping centre after alleged threat to staff

This Phone Company Had To Explain What Islam Was To Angry Customers

Islamophobia in US: The Arabic language

Philly Passengers Pulled off Flight for Speaking Arabic

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn

Arabic is fastest-growing language at U.S. colleges (2010)

Commentary: Teach Arabic in public schools

Teaching Arabic is no cause for fear

Alabama: Residents Fear Teaching Arabic To Students Is A Threat To Christianity

Here’s an interesting account of what it was like for British Navy soldiers to be learning Russian in the 1950s.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is… 😂

— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 17, 2015

Oxford Dictionaries Chooses ‘Pictograph’ as Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is an emoji, and that is awesome

Emoji versus the rest

Scholarly reflections on ’emoji’

Are Emojis Words? Science And Language Experts Explain.

An emoji was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and people want to leave planet Earth

Oxford’s Word of the Year…isn’t a word—isn-t-a-word.html

Vyv Evans – Signs of our times: why emoji can be even more powerful than words

Google: word definition

Over time, words in English have had a tendency to compound.

phonological word

Urban Dictionary: Nyorn
NOTE the downvotes! People hate this definition, so it’s probably wrong. But also note the connection to Aboriginal English.

Nyorn dard

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