Popular Science Essays

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the most difficult language to learn from scratch? The Question -- January 10th 2017

What's the easiest way to learn a new language?
The Question -- January 9th 2017

What were the key historical landmarks in the development of language? The Question--January 6th 2017

Why is English such a difficult language to learn?  The Question--January 5th 2017


What is the fastest growing language on earth, and should I learn it? The Question--January 4th 2017

Does the popularity emoji and text-speak indicate a dumbing down of society? The Question--January 3rd 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Language: Evolution in the digital age". The Guardian--26th June 2015

"Sorry, emoji doesn't make you dumber". Psychology Today--8th June 2015

"No, the rise of the emoji doesn't spell the end for language". Essay in The Conversation--22nd May 2015

Can emojis really be used to make terror threats? Article in The Guardian, February 2015

Real Talk. The evidence is in: There is no language instinct. Essay published in Aeon, popular science magazine  December 4th 2014.

Analytics for Vyv's four essays published in The Conversation--150K readers upto April 2016