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 End of Sleep


Download and Read Chapter One here 

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 A dystopian sci-fi thriller, where language is no longer learned but streamed from internet in space. 


The Babel Apocalypse, (Songs of the Sage Book 2), now available for pre-order 

1 June 2022

The End of Sleep, sci-fi novel by Vyv, now published in paperback and eBook formats 
3 May 2022

Could Digital Telepathy Render Language Obsolete -- Psychology Today 
26 April 2022

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Published worldwide May 3rd 2022

What connects a new highly addictive gaming app, viral conspiracy theories by the mysterious Dark Court, and a fatal insomnia pandemic? Enter Lilith King, the world's most famous cybercrime detective.

Lilith had always known she was different. Attitude to burn, for one thing. The strange chanting in her head since she was seven, for another. And then, the Aura, the sensory disturbance that makes her sick to the pit of her stomach, seemingly coinciding with the new, strange apparition that’s haunting her. She also has the ability to solve crime through touch alone. Together with Dr. Kace Westwood, the sleep specialist genius, and a freak like her, Lilith must figure out whether the deadly insomnia pandemic is linked to the vagus chip implants being offered to all qualifying Unskills. Or are people’s language chips being hacked? And why is only the lowest soc-ed class being targeted? 


In a desperate race against time to save billions of people, Lilith must confront shocking revelations about her origins and destiny, while attempting to save the one she loves. 


See book trailers and buying options here

Now published in digital and paperback formats, from Nephilim Publishing. See publisher website here.

(see more popular science books here)


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
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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On Emoji and Linguistics with Vyv Evans. A podcast about media and culture, 5th March 2021Vyv Evans.Never Ready Gallery
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