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Saturday, March 8 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Emoji & Texting: Is Human Language Extinct?

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52,000: The number of texts sent every second around the world. The proliferation of texting has exploded, starting with basic SMS in the late ‘90s, evolving to advanced iMessages and Emoji (picture characters) used to inject emotional cues and nuance into conversations.
Humans have gone from ancient cave paintings to complex language development, and now we’re returning to pictorial symbols again. Texting has been bemoaned as the downfall of the written word, yet it’s innovating its own grammar and conventions. What does this signal about the evolution of the human language? How will emerging technology change the way we communicate – with each other and with brands – in the future?
Join Sam Huston of JumpTank and linguist Ben Zimmer as they examine the use of symbols in language, how the human language is evolving alongside technology and its impact on culture, from brand interactions to expressions of personal narratives.
The track is sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

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Sam Huston

PartnerJumptankSam is fortunate enough to spend everyday working with a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to using the dynamics of the connected world to reinvent the way people interact with brands. At Jumptank reinvention doesn’t mean starting from scratch. Sam’s in... Read More →
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Ben Zimmer

Exec ProducerVocabulary.comBen Zimmer is executive producer of Vocabulary.com and VisualThesaurus.com. He is the language columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former language columnist for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. He has worked as editor for American... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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