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Language & Communication Expert

I am an expert in language, communication, and mind. I conduct research into the prodigious capacity of our species, Homo sapiens, to mean during the course of communication. I have published around 14 books on aspects of language, meaning, mind, imagination, and their evolution; I discuss these topics regularly in the popular written and broadcast media. I am available to provide expert feedback and advice; feel free to get in touch.

My exploration of common questions and issues about language can be found in my Psychology Today blog: "Language in the mind", and in my popular science writing:  

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


How Does Communication Work? Part 2: The function of verbal vs. non-verbal cues in face-to-face interaction. Psychology Today
23 January 2020
How we use emojis. Bloomberg QuickTake.
21 December 2019
How Does Communication Work? Part I: Non-verbal Cues. Psychology Today
17 January 2020



The Emoji Code (UK edition)
The Emoji Code (US edition)
UK edition -- published May 2017
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US edition -- published Aug 2017

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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
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
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How to speak emoji - Kera Think, with Kris Boyd PBS 3rd August 2017
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Can emoji evolve into a meaningful language? - The Guardian tech podcast 23rd June 2017
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Emoji: The future of language? - Word of Mouth BBC Radio 4 Feb 27th 2017
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Published May 1st  2019 by Edinburgh University Press, and distributed by Oxford University Press in North America.

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Cognitive Linguistics: A Complete Guide (January 2019)
Vyv talks about his new book

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. 

"One of the best introductions to the intersection of language and the mind ever written...a masterpiece and a delight."

"A “must-read”...comprehensive, in-depth...Its breadth and depth of coverage are unparalleled."

Prof. Vyvyan Evans
Professor of Linguistics
Email: v.evans@vyvevans.net
Web: www.vyvevans.net

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