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  • Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same way

    The brain processes ironic emojis in the same way as ironic language, indicating emojis convey meaning in a sentence, according to research by Benjamin Weissman, a U. of I. graduate student in linguistics (left), and Darren Tanner, until recently a University of Illinois linguistics professor (right).

    Courtesy Benjamin Weissman and Darren Tanner


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Benjamin Weissman, email To reach Darren Tanner, email

    The paper “A strong wink between verbal and emoji-based irony: How the brain processes ironic emojis during language comprehension” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: