Authors: Nan-Chen Chen, Laurie Beth Feldman, Judith F. Kroll, Cecilia R. Aragon
Abstract: Socio-emotional communication is a critical determining factor in the cohesiveness of international work teams. In recent years, online text communication (e.g., chat, forums, email) has been widely used in cross-cultural collaborations, and emoticons are often viewed as socio-emotional cues in this type of communication. Therefore, it is important to know how emoticons work in online text communication. One way to investigate this topic is to leverage theories in sociolinguistics to find potential mappings between emoticon use and face-to-face language use. In the present work, we propose a visual analytics tool to explore emoticon use among different groups over time and show how visual analytics can elicit storytelling in studying linguistic alignment of emoticons in a chat log dataset from a four-year scientific collaboration between France and the United States.