Language Ideologies and Emojis.
We looked at two aspects of language use among Swarthmore College students: (1) learning another language and (2) using emoji. Since all Swarthmore students have a language learning requirement for graduation and many (if not all) are fluent users of electronic devices, we expected to see a wide variety of ideologies regarding these two specific types of communication.
Understanding this context, we administered surveys to assess how our peers' communication - both studied languages and the more informal, digital emojis - is impacted by their biases and stereotypes. We asked questions about how students perceived the use of a second language or emoji as well as their personal habits for using emoji and reasoning for learning a second language.