Vyvyan Evans

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Vyvyan Evans
Born (1968-09-23) 23 September 1968 (age 49)
Chester, England
Spouse(s) Monica Evans-Lau
Academic background
Alma mater Georgetown University
Academic work
Discipline Linguist

Vyvyan Evans (born (1968-09-23)23 September 1968) is an expert on language and communication,[1] and has taught at the University of Sussex, Brighton University and Bangor University. He has published fourteen books on language, meaning and mind, including cognitive linguistics. He has had numerous radio and TV appearances, discussing his research on Emoji. [2]

Education and career[edit]

Evans received his PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University in 2000.[citation needed] His research relates to the domains of space and time. He also works on lexical and compositional semantics, as well as figurative language, abstract thought, and digital communication, especially Emoji.[3][4][5]

Evans is the architect of the theory of lexical concepts and cognitive models (LCCM Theory).[6] He is editor-in-chief of the journal Language and Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press.[citation needed]

Evans' book "The Language Myth: Why language is not an instinct",[7][8] written for a general audience, aims to refute Steven Pinker's 1994 "The Language Instinct" and the universal grammar of Noam Chomsky,[9] claiming that a Kuhnian paradigm shift was under way in linguistics.[10]


  • The Structure of Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition (2004). John Benjamins Publishing
  • The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Cognition and Embodied Experience (2003; with Andrea Tyler). Cambridge University Press
  • Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction (2006; with Melanie Green). Edinburgh University Press
  • Glossary of Cognitive Linguistics (2007). Edinburgh University Press
  • How Words Mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models and Meaning Construction (2009). Oxford University Press
  • New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics (2009). John Benjamins Publishing
  • The Cognitive Linguistics Reader (2009; with Benjamin Bergen and Joerg Zinken). Equinox Publishing
  • Language, Cognition and Space: The State of the Art and New Directions (2010; with Paul Chilton). Equinox Publishing
  • Language and Time (2013). Cambridge University Press
  • The Language Myth: Why Language Is Not An Instinct (2014). Cambridge University Press
  • The Crucible of Language: How Language and Mind Create Meaning (2015). Cambridge University Press
  • The Emoji Code (2017). Michael O'Mara Books (UK), and Picador (USA)
  • Language Learning, Discourse and Cognition (In press; with Lucy Pickering) John Benjamins Press


  1. ^ "Vyv Evans : Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University UK | 21stcentury.co.uk". 21stcentury.co.uk. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Professor Vyv Evans | Official Website". Professor Vyv Evans | Official Website. Retrieved 2018-03-31. 
  3. ^ Evans, Vyvyan. "No, the rise of the emoji doesn't spell the end of language". The Conversation. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  4. ^ Evans, Vyvyan (2015-02-02). "Can emojis really be used to make terror threats?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Are emojis becoming a new universal 'language'?". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  6. ^ Evans, Vyvyan (2016-02-19). "Design Features for Linguistically-Mediated Meaning Construction: The Relative Roles of the Linguistic and Conceptual Systems in Subserving the Ideational Function of Language". Frontiers in Psychology. 7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00156. ISSN 1664-1078. PMC 4759701Freely accessible. PMID 26925000. 
  7. ^ "Why language is neither an instinct nor innate", Alun Anderson, Issue 2991, October 2014, New Scientist
  8. ^ "The evidence is in: there is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans | Aeon Essays". Aeon. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  9. ^ "The Language Myth: Why Language Is Not an Instinct, by Vyvyan Evans", Michelle Aldridge, 16 October 2014, timeshighereducation.com
  10. ^ "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: Reflections on radical fundamentalism in language science, Vyv Evans, Apr 20, 2015, psychologytoday.com

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