Emoji are an established part of digital life. Still, few of us think about them in terms of linguistics. “As a system of communication, they leave English, the world’s global language, in the dust,” says Dr. Vyvyan Evans, language expert and digital communication technologist. Evans, who wrote The Emoji Code in 2017, insists that there is much to learn from eggplant and “crying-laughing” emoji about the way humans communicate. OKECHUKWU NZELU: Is emoji a language? This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Dream House The rise of renderporn. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Report: The Diigitals Meet the human running the first digital supermodel agency. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Social Work Hettie O’Brien considers the cost of never logging off. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Such Good News On the success of others. Arts & Culture Issue 31 The Newer You On starting over—and over—again. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Bob Ross Learning the art of relaxation from the master of happy accidents (and accidental life advice).