Vyvyan Evans | Professor of Linguistics
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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:


The Babel Apocalypse, now available for pre-order 

1 June 2022

Why Longhorn Steakhouse Is Petitioning For A New Emoji
21 August 2022

People who use emoji are more empathetic,study finds
23 September 2022

The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code
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The Emoji Code book interview: Cheddar TV, the full interview with Vyvyan Evans, August 7th 2017,

The Emoji Code book interview: Cheddar TV, the full interview with Vyvyan Evans, August 7th 2017,

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Breaking The Emoji Code with author Vyvyan Evans  (Chedddar News, August 7th 2017)

Breaking The Emoji Code with author Vyvyan Evans (Chedddar News, August 7th 2017)

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A guide to mastering emoji

A guide to mastering emoji

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To be published May 2nd 2023

Language is no longer learned, it is streamed to neural implants regulated by lang-laws. Those who cannot afford monthly Language Streaming services are feral, living at the fringes of society. Big tech corporations control language, the world’s most valuable commodity. But when a massive cyberattack causes a global language outage, catastrophe looms.

Europol detective Emyr Morgan is assigned to the case. Suspect number one is Professor Ebba Black, the last native speaker of language in the automated world, and leader of the Babel cyberterrorist organization. But Emyr soon learns that, in a world of corporate power, where they who control language control everything, all is not as it seems. After all, if the mysterious Ebba Black is to blame, why is the Russian Federation being framed for an outage it claims to have no responsibility for? And why is Ebba now targeted for assassination?

As he and Ebba collide, each with their divergent agendas and value systems, Emyr faces an existential dilemma between loyalty and betrayal, when everything he once believed in is called into question. To prevent the imminent collapse of civilization, and a deadly war between the great federations, he must figure out friend from foe, as his life may very well depend on it. And with the odds stacked against him, he must find a way to stop the Babel Apocalypse.

THE babel Apocalypse is a SONGS OF THE SAGE Book

To be published in digital and paperback formats, by Nephilim Publishing. See publisher website here.

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The Emoji Code (US edition)

US edition -- Aug 2017

The Emoji Code (UK edition)

UK edition -- May 2017

Since 2011, the use of emoji - deriving from the Japanese, meaning picture character - has become a global phenomenon. We send over 6 billion emoji every day and regularly send emoji-only messages, and, when Oxford Dictionaries named the 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji as their 'Word of the Year 2015', it received an enormous amount of criticism.


Whenever emoji are covered in the popular media the same burning questions come up: Can an emoji really be a word? How language-like is it? Will emoji make us dumber? Or more lazy? Will they make us less adept at communicating with our nearest and dearest? And does this signal the death knell for language as we know it?


Drawing on findings from disciplines as diverse as linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, archaeology and anthropology, this groundbreaking book explores human capacity to communicate, and addresses these questions in the process. The Emoji Code sheds light on emoji's vital role in the expression of emotion in digital communication and more, pointing the way for the future of international communication in a provocative and entertaining way.

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
The Emoji Code: Social Engineer PodcastVyv Evans 8th June 2020
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On Emoji and Linguistics with Vyv Evans. A podcast about media and culture, 5th March 2021Vyv Evans.Never Ready Gallery
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Interview with Vyvyan Evans August 25th 2017 - Science Magazine podcast -- The Emoji Code
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Emoji: The future of language? - Word of Mouth BBC Radio 4 Feb 27th 2017
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