Bio

Professor Vyvyan Evans, is an internationally renowned expert on language and digital communication. A native of the ancient Roman cathedral city of Chester, in England, he holds a PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. He has lived and worked extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America as a Professor of Linguistics. He has published numerous acclaimed popular science and technical books on language and linguistics. His popular science essays and articles have been featured in numerous venues, ranging from The Guardian to Psychology Today, from the New York Post to New Scientist, from Newsweek to The New Republic. His award-winning writing focuses, in one way or another, on the nature of language and mind, the impact of technology on language, and the future of communication. His published science fiction work explores the status of language and digital communication technology as potential weapons of mass destruction. He consults to a wide range of tech companies on the nature of language and the future of communication, and undertakes research and leads educational, and PR campaigns on behalf of corporate clients. These have included TalkTalk Mobile, JUST EAT, Barclays Bank, Walls Ice Cream, Sony Pictures, and Samsung. Evans led Samsung's 2022 Galaxy GIF project for which he served as lead researcher, which was curated at the Samsung KX event venue in King's Cross, London.

Vyvyan Evans

Public Resources

Published Interviews

Access Semantics

Evans is the architect of Access Semantics (also known as LCCM Theory): a theoretical account of the intersection between the linguistic and conceptual systems, which subserve linguistically-mediated meaning construction. This he investigates in a book-length treatment: How Words Mean, which provides a technical overview of Access Semantics, the Theory of Lexical Concepts and Cognitive Models (aka LCCM Theory). A technical book, Language & Time develops a detailed application of Access Semantics to the domain of time.  The Crucible of Language provides a pop-sci overview of this perspective for a general audience.  A chapter-length  overview of the theory is available as Chapter 18 of Cognitive Linguistics: A Complete Guide.  All the technical articles and book chapters on the theory are available for download here.

Mixed Emojis. Interview in Kinfolk Magazine -- September 2021 [PDF version here]

Interview in The Chicago Tribune -- November 1st 2017 [PDF version here]

An interview on Literary Ashland -- October 5th 2017 [PDF version here]

Interview in GEO magazine (German language)--no. 9 August 2017 [PDF version here

Interview on the history of Emoji, in Refinery29 -- July 17th 2017 [PDF version here]

Interview on the use of Emoji in education, in TES -- July 14th 2017 [PDF version here]

Interview on The Emoji Code, in Huck Magazine -- January 16th 2017 [PDF version here]
 

Interview published in Dutch magazine 7Days (Dutch language)-- May 29th 2015

The Bloody Secret Life of Theories--Vyv Evans in conversation in Beyond Words -- Language Blog, ALTA Translation 2015 [PDF version here
 

Interview published in The Review of Cognitive Linguistics -- 2013

How Words Mean
Language And Time
The Crucible Of Language
Emoji Movie Guinness World Record_hd.mp4

PROFESSIONAL ROLES

2008-2016:
Professor of Linguistics
Bangor University

2006-2008:
Professor of Cognitive Linguistics  
University of Brighton

2001-2006:
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
University of Sussex

2017-present:
Language and digital communication author & researcher

1997-2000

Georgetown University, USA

PhD in Linguistics.

EDUCATION

1995-1996

University of Florida, USA

MA in Linguistics

1987-1990

Durham University, UK

BA (Hons.) English and Philosophy