Chinese language edition, 2021
1. Is Emoji the new universal ‘language’?
2. Emoji crime, and the nature of communication
3. What’s in a word?
4. Emotionally speaking
5. Colourful writing
6. A picture paints a thousand words
7. All change for a changing world
Epilogue: The future of communication
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.
Published May 2017 by Michael O'Mara in the UK, and August 2017 by Macmillan Picador in N. America.
Chinese language edition published 2021 by Peking University Press.
Excerpts & Essays
Is Emoji the new universal 'language'? -- Excerpt from chapter 1 of 'The Emoji Code'
The power of the emoji, Japan's most transformative design. Excerpt from 'The Emoji Code' in CNN Style -- May 30th 2017.
Why you need emoji: Emojis are the body language of the digital age. Excerpt from 'The Emoji Code' in Nautilus magazine -- July 6th 2017.
Emoji is the new universal 'language'. And it's making us better communicators. LinkedIn Weekend Essay -- August 5th 2017.
Emojis actually make our language way better. New York Post -- August 13th 2017.
Breaking the emoji code. LinkedIn Essay -- March 20th 2018.
Say it with feeling -- Review of 'The Emoji Code' in New Scientist
Review of 'The Emoji Code' -- Edge Media Network
The Emoji Code: Why Those Little Faces Are Saving Conversations -- Paste Magazine
Review of The Emoji Code -- NBC-2
Wordplay: Face it--emojis add texture to text -- The Sydney Morning Herald.
Emojis get a big (thumbs up emoji) from British linguist. The Chicago Tribune [PDF version is here]
Media coverage (partial listing; see also Media)
The Sunday Telegraph -- How emojis can save your relationship. May 21st 2017
The Times -- Emojis help give couples their smiles back. May 22nd 2017
The Daily Mail -- Is your relationship on the rocks? Try using emoji. May 22nd 2017
The New York Post -- Study reveals emojis can save your relationship. May 22nd 2017
London Evening Standard -- The power of paralanguage: How emojis changed the world. June 1st 2017
Prospect magazine -- How emoji became the planet's lingua franca. June 22nd 2017
La Stampa -- Emoji, la superlingua universale. July 5th 2017.
TES talks to...Vyvyan Evans. July 14th 2017
USA Today -- Why Emojis may be the best thing to happen in the digital age. July 17th 2017
Refinery29 -- If You're Fluent In Emoji, Does That Technically Make You Bilingual? July 24th 2017
Parade -- Top ten fun facts you didn't know about emojis. August 1st 2017
Atlantic magazine -- Why The Emoji Movie fails. August 4th 2017.
New Statesman -- Happy face, sad face – are emojis the nearest thing to a universal language? September 4th 2017.
Harpers Bazaar -- Is Emoji the new language? Is Emoji the new language? September 2017.