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les Nouvelles Is 50 Years Old—Introduction

By Sun R. Kim

In 2015, Oxford University Press made history announcing that Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year was, for the first time ever, a pictograph called “the face with tears of joy” emoji. I still do not know how to pronounce or spell this “word.” As the language of any culture reflects the nature of society, “emoji” may encapsulate today’s technology-rich and fast-paced digital environment into one single “pictographic script.” Language evolves as technology advances; creation of a widely accepted new language, Emoji, may represent a new culture accepted by “a universal society” where people and culture become digital.

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