Vyvyan Evans | Professor of Linguistics
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DR. VYVYAN EVANS
Language Expert, Digital Communication Technologist, & Author

I am an expert in language and digital communication.  In my writing and my research I explore the prodigious capacity of our species, Homo sapiens, to mean during the course of spoken interaction, and the impact of technology on language and mind. I have written numerous books on language, non-linguistic communication, meaning, mind, imagination, their evolution, the impact of technology on language and the future of language and communication; I discuss these topics regularly in the popular written and broadcast media. 

My exploration of common questions and issues about language can be found in my Psychology Today blog: "Language in the mind", in my popular science writing (links below), and in my podcasts and TV/video appearances:

NEWS

Language has a past, family trees and even character.  Psychology Today

5 July 2021

"Twitter, Facebook Struggle to Control Racist Use of Emojis".  Bloomberg

15 July 2021

"The strange appeal of pandemic emoji"  The Spectator

19 May 2021

RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS:
(see more books here)

THE EMOJI CODE:

The Emoji Code (UK edition)
The Emoji Code (US edition)

UK edition -- published May 2017

US edition -- published Aug 2017

Buy from: amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

Is Emoji the new universal 'language'? -- Excerpt from chapter 1 of 'The Emoji Code'
The power of emoji, Japan's most transformative design -- Excerpt from 'The Emoji Code' in CNN Style 
Emoji is the body language of the digital age -- Excerpt from 'The Emoji Code' in
Nautilus magazine
Emoji is the new universal 'language'. LinkedIn Weekend Essay
Emojis actually make our language better -- article in New York Post
Say it with feeling -- Review of 'The Emoji Code' in New Scientist

Q&A podcast, discussing my book "The Emoji Code" with Science magazine, can be heard here.

On Emoji and Linguistics with Vyv Evans. A podcast about media and culture, 5th March 2021Vyv Evans.Never Ready Gallery
00:00 / 1:14:26
The Emoji Code: Social Engineer PodcastVyv Evans 8th June 2020
00:00 / 46:05
WICN Public Radio http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/vyvyan-evans-emoji-code - Vyvyan Evans 'The Emoji Code' Inquiry with Mark Lynch Sept 1st 2017
00:00 / 00:00
How to speak emoji - Kera Think, with Kris Boyd PBS 3rd August 2017
00:00 / 00:00
Can emoji evolve into a meaningful language? - The Guardian tech podcast 23rd June 2017
00:00 / 00:00

COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS:

Cognitive Linguistics: A Complete Guide

Published May  2019 by Edinburgh University Press.

Buy and download electronic version of the book direct from publisher
 

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Complimentary worksheets and exercises available from the publisher website

Cognitive Linguistics: A Complete Guide is a comprehensive and authoritative overview—a complete guide—to the cognitive linguistics enterprise. The book serves as an essential work of reference for practising cognitive linguists, and others, including researchers from neighbouring disciplines, as well as students and educated lay readers, wishing to discover the way in which language and mind work, and what cognitive linguistics can tell us about what it means to be human. 

Endorsements
"One of the best introductions to the intersection of language and the mind ever written...a masterpiece and a delight."
PROFESSOR DANIEL L. EVERETT, BENTLEY UNIVERSITY

"A “must-read”...comprehensive, in-depth...Its breadth and depth of coverage are unparalleled."
JEANNETTE LITTLEMORE, PROFESSOR OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

My Oxford Bibliography of Cognitive Linguistics can be found here.

The Emoji Code (featuring Vyvyan Evans)Talk the Talk March 29th 2017
00:00 / 01:04
Emoji: The future of language? - Word of Mouth BBC Radio 4 Feb 27th 2017
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