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Popular Science Essays

(For all Vyv's articles in Psychology Today, click here)

Are Artificially-enhanced Minds the Future of Communication? pp. 2225-229 in the anthology: ChatGPT in Focus: A Linguistic Science Perspective. May 2024. Chinese language version. [PDF version here]

Mixed Emojis (interview) Kinfolk magazine -- September 2021 [PDF version here]

The future of communication: In the digital age, technology is changing how and what we communicate.  The Next Truth -- April 2021 

Coronavius emojis: Conveying compassion and humour with a facemask.  The Wire -- May 1st 2019  [PDF]

Breaking the Emoji Code. LinkedIn Essay--March 20th 2018  [PDF]

Emojis get a thumbs-up from British linguist (interview) Chicago Tribune -- November 1st 2017 [PDF]

An interview with Vyvyan Evans Literary Ashland -- October 5th 2017 [PDF]

Brauchen wir lachende Pfannkuchengesichter? Unbedingt, findet der Sprachforscher Vyvyan Evans. Die modernen Hieroglyphen bereichern unsere Sprache. Auch wenn sie viele Nachteile haben (Interview) GEO magazine (German language) -- August 2017 [PDF version here


Emojis actually make our language way better. New York Post -- August 13th 2017  [PDF]

Emoji is the new universal 'language'. And it's making us better communicators. LinkedIn Weekend Essay -- August 5th 2017  [PDF]

If You're Fluent In Emoji, Does That Technically Make You Bilingual? (Interview) Refinery29 -- July 17th 2017 [PDF]

Linguistics shows that we can recognise more than 10,000 facial expressions, so the idea that teachers can convey more with emojis than just words is far from outlandish (Interview). TES -- July 14th 2017  [PDF]

Why you need emoji: Emoji are the body language of the digital age. Nautilus magazine -- July 6th 2017  [PDF]

The power of the emoji, Japan's most transformative design. CNN Style -- May 30th 2017  [PDF]

How number words may have changed us from zeroes to heroes.  New Scientist -- May 3rd 2017  [PDF


The Emoji Code (interview) Huck Magazine -- January 16th 2017 [PDF]

How emoji means: The rise and rise of the global communication system.  Lobby architecture magazine, September 2016

The brave new world of emoji.  Cambridge Extra -- July 15th 2016  [PDF]

Why Only Us: The Language Paradox. Review of book by Berwick and Chomsky, published in New Scientist, February 2016  [PDF]

How do emojis mean? Babel: The Language Magazine -- February 2016

How a joke can help us unlock the mystery of meaning in language The Conversation -- November 2015  [PDF]

Beyond words: How language-like is emoji? Oxford Dictionaries blog -- 20th November 2015  [PDF]


7 Questions to a Linguist: Vyvyan Evans Shares the Bloody Secret Life of Theories  ALTA -- November 18th 2015  [PDF

Sign of our times: Why emojis can be even more powerful than words The Conversation -- 18th November 2015  [PDF]

Are Emojis Becoming the New Universal 'Language'? Newsweek -- 18th September 2015  [PDF]

Emojis have hit Hollywood--and thriller or rom-com, they'll take it by storm The Conversation -- 3rd August 2015 [PDF]

Language: Evolution in the digital age The Guardian -- 26th June 2015  [PDF]


There's nothing lazy about using emojis to communicate  New Republic -- May 29th 2015  [PDF]

No, the rise of the emoji doesn't spell the end for language The Conversation -- 22nd May 2015  [PDF]

"Misschien Moeten Politici Meer Emoji Bebruiken" (Interview) 7 Days (Dutch language) -- 29th May 2015 [PDF]

Can emojis really be used to make terror threats? The Guardian -- February 2015  [PDF]

Real Talk. The evidence is in: There is no language instinct. Aeon -- December 4th 2014  [PDF]

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