The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code : How Smiley Faces, Love Hearts and Thumbs Up are Changing the Way We Communicate

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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.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 163 x 206mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export + WH Smiths travel
  • Colour and black-and-white illustrations throughout
  • 1782438289
  • 9781782438281

About Vyvyan Evans

Dr Vyvyan Evans is an internationally renowned expert on language, communication, meaning and mind and is Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University. He has written around a dozen books, including The Language Myth: Why Language is Not an Instinct (2014) and The Crucible of Language: How Language and Mind Create Meaning (2015), both published by Cambridge University Press. Evan's writing has been featured in the Guardian, Newsweek and New Scientist, among other publications. There has been extensive coverage of Evans's emoji research in print and broadcast media, including dozens of national and local radio stations around the world. He has also appeared on live TV shows in the UK discussing digital communications. A much sought-after public speaker, he consults at Google and TalkTalk Mobile and has appeared in a number of YouTube videos concerning language and communication.
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