English Research Paper

Do Emoji Sequences Have a Preferred Word Order?

Emoji 2020 - Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media |


We systematically analyze the ordering of elements in emoji sequences, or uninterrupted strings of two or more different emoji, on Sina Weibo, a prominent Chinese microblogging site. We find that 83% of the sequences can be analyzed as displaying a linear constituent order, with variants of Object-Verb-Subject (OVS) order occurring most frequently. This evidence supports the view that emoji sequences on Sina Weibo have an emergent syntax. Their syntactic properties are not universal, however, since OVS order differs from the Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) order previously reported for emoji sequences in English-language contexts.