## Thursday, November 09, 2006

### Are Emoticons Compositional?

For some reason, I was checking an online list of emoticons. With some surprise, I found this, which I had never encountered before:

:-{)} Smile with moustache and beard

This kind of made sense, don’t you think? And, automatically, so they did all of:

;-{)}
:-{p}
:-{D}
>:-{(}
:’-{(}
...

Sistemas Complejos said...

and :-[ )
and {:-) ??

Dan López de Sa said...

Mmmm nice ones. I think I could make sense of second and third -- not so sure right now about the first one.

But suppose one cannot, would you take this to contradict the compositionality contention ;-{)}?