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PODCAST: Q&A with Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code

The Emoji Code: The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats

Vyvyan Evans
264 pp.
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Nonverbal cues can clue listeners into implied meaning during in-person conversations, but, until recently, tone and nuance were often lost during digital interactions. Enter the emoji. This week on the Science podcast, linguist Vyvyan Evans argues that these icons better allow us to signal our attitudes and emotions in text-based discussions, ultimately making us more capable communicators.

To hear the rest of the show, visit the Science podcast page.

About the author

Jennifer Golbeck is at the Social Intelligence Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.