Books

My latest book is The Emoji Revolution (2019, Cambridge University Press).

Where have emoji come from? Why are they so popular? What do they tell us about the technology-enhanced state of modern society? Far from simply being an amusing set of colourful little symbols, emoji are in the front line of a revolution in the way we communicate. As a form of global, image-based communication, they’re a perfect example of the ingenuity and creativity at the heart of human interaction. But they’re also a parable for the way that consumerism now permeates all parts of our daily existence, taking a controlling interest even in the language we use; and of how technology is becoming ever more entangled in our everyday lives. So how will this split-identity affect the way that online communication develops? Are emoji ushering in a bold new era of empathy and emotional engagement on the internet? Or are they a first sign that we’re handing over the future of human interaction to the machines?

‘The Emoji Revolution is required reading for anyone with interest in emoji, or communication in general. While the subject matter might seem trivial on the surface, Philip Seargeant takes emoji and its impact very seriously in his book by rigorously examining the historical, political and social contexts of emoji use. Seargeant has produced a tremendous work of scholarship that is also a fun and engaging to read.’ Jane Solomon, author of The Dictionary of Difficult Words

Emoji are a significant development in contemporary communication, deserving serious attention for their impact on both language use and society. The book comes at them from a variety of complementary angles, elucidating their specific nature and function while simultaneously showing how they reflect and influence important developments in the modern globalised world. This insightful integration of the general and the specific places this book among the very best academic work in the field.’ Guy Cook, Emeritus Professor of Language in Education, King’s College London

My books include the follow:

Seargeant, P., Hewings, A. and Pihlaja, S. (eds) (2018) The Routledge handbook of English Language Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.

Tagg, C, Seargeant, P. and Brown, A. A. (2017) Taking offence on social media: conviviality and communication on Facebook. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Demjén, Z. and Seargeant, P. (eds) (2016) Creativity in language: From everyday style to verbal art. Milton Keynes: Open University. Companion website.

Hewings, H., Prescott, L. and Seargeant, P. (eds) (2016) Futures for English Studies: Teaching language, literature and creative writing in higher education. Hounslow: Palgrave Macmillan.

Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (eds) (2014) The language of social media: identity and community on the internet. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Seargeant, P. and Greenwell, B. (2013) From language to creative writing: an introduction. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Erling, E. J. and Seargeant, P. (eds) (2013) English and development: policy, pedagogy and globalization. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Seargeant, P. (2012) Exploring World Englishes: language in a global context. Abingdon: Routledge. Companion website.

Seargeant, P. and Swann, J. (eds) (2012) English in the world: history, diversity, changeAbingdon: Routledge. Companion website.

Seargeant, P. (ed.) (2011) English in Japan in the era of globalization. Hounslow: Palgrave Macmillan.

Seargeant, P. (2009) The idea of English in Japan: ideology and the evolution of a global language. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.