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:
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:
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THE EMOJI CODE:
UK edition -- published May 2017
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
Q&A podcast, discussing my book "The Emoji Code" with Science magazine, can be heard here.
Published May 2019 by Edinburgh University Press.
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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."
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.