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Picturing words: The semantics of speech balloons

In Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium. Amsterdam: pp. 584-592 (2019)

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  1. Emojis as pictures.Emar Maier - forthcoming - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy.
    I argue that emojis are essentially little pictures, rather than words, gestures, expressives, or diagrams. ???? means that the world looks like that, from some viewpoint. I flesh out a pictorial semantics in terms of geometric projection with abstraction and stylization. Since such a semantics delivers only very minimal contents I add an account of pragmatic enrichment, driven by coherence and nonliteral interpretation. The apparent semantic distinction between emojis depicting entities (like ????) and those depicting facial expressions (like ????) I (...)
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