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Making use of emoji as language learning aids at early stages of primary education
It is being said that an emoji could be used as a visual worth many more words than a picture which often gets used for pre-language development and early-primary education level language teaching.

Hand gesture emoji can communicate a lot and overwhelm children; they have the potential to become the tools for language development at primary and pre-primary grades.

To a good extent, emoji can be used as a part of pre-language activity that would appeal to all children and lead them towards the total communication being that is being advocated by educators these days.

According to Jennifer Fane of Flinders University, who uses emoji in research and teaching, emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Similarly, another academic user of emoji, Lauren Collister holds that emoji represent another tool in our linguistic toolbox, and these creative artists and authors have used the tools available to make whimsical, clever narratives out of symbols.

On the other hand, American linguist John McWhorter says that there is a lot of controversy over whether emoji can tell a story on their own since they can convey mood or tone, and thus they have some drawbacks. He argues that one couldn't communicate only with emoticons, since one has to know what it being talked about, what happened, when, and so on which are beyond the scope of emoticons.

The rise of the emoji doesn't spell the end of language, feels Vyvyan Evans, Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. According to him, emoji are mainly used to support and enhance the meaning conveyed by text in a digital message. He holds that in spoken language, intonation and gesture provide additional information not always readily gleaned in the spoken message.

Keeping the foregoing in view, in language development of children in early stages, emoji can be used as part of dual code learning system with a provision of transitioning to standard visual symbols or codes. Later, semi-visual codes like graphics and block diagrams can be introduced along with the text, I hold.

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