The New Media Semiotics and the Rise of Universal Symbolic Language: A Perspective From Digital Natives in Nigeria

Conference: The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia2020)
Title: The New Media Semiotics and the Rise of Universal Symbolic Language: A Perspective From Digital Natives in Nigeria
Stream: International Communication
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Authors:
Emmanuel Nzeaka, Pan-Atlantic University Lagos, Nigeria
Beryl Ehondor, Pan-Atlantic University Lagos, Nigeria

Abstract:

Speech communication is a unique sort of group cultural identity. This peculiarity seems to be under pressure from symbolic media languages like emoticons, emojis, and memes amongst a horde of computer diacritic symbols. This text postulates that the distinction of language is coalescing to a universal phonological dialect among the digital generation due their unique application of computer symbols in media communication, thereby evolving a novel modality of linguistic processes that deliver a general appeal to demolish the barriers of culture distinct languages. This subject is germane because the prevalence of this style of communication gradually getting through the typical manner of writing is once again becoming a source of apprehension. This study, based on Semiotic Theory worked with adolescents between the ages of 15-18 through qualitative and qualitative research methods to make conclusions. The study found that a significant majority, 65% of respondents agreed that symbolic language is the future of all-encompassing communication that will break cultural hindrances, 24% disagreed, while 11% were uncertain. This analysis gives the understanding that humanity is gradually rallying to the use of one language through signs and symbols as it was before the development of distinctive speech. This field will be of value to researchers in language evolution and policymakers in the evolution of one language for humans.