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Scientific assessment of endangered languages produces mixed results
A new study of the progress made over the last 25 years in documenting and revitalizing endangered languages shows both significant advances and critical shortfalls. (2018-12-10)
Researchers investigate why older people read more slowly
One of the most obvious changes that comes with ageing is that people start doing things more slowly. (2018-12-06)
Linguistic study finds 'the I's have it' when it comes to education rates
Linguistic study finds 'the I's have it' when it comes to education rates. (2018-12-03)
Learning to read comes at a cost
Learning how to read may have some disadvantages for learning grammar. (2018-12-01)
Stop -- hey, what's that sound?
In a new study, researchers were able to see where in the brain, and how quickly -- in milliseconds -- the brain's neurons transition from processing the sound of speech to processing the language-based words of the speech. (2018-11-29)
Study finds sexual trauma survivors have clear preferences in obstetric care
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) surveyed women with a history of sexual trauma and found that they have clear preferences regarding how they communicate their history with providers as well as certain aspects of their treatment plan. (2018-11-29)
Researchers reveal link between job titles and gender equality
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) have revealed a link between role-nouns (e.g. job titles) in gendered languages and gender equality. (2018-11-28)
AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries
Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system. (2018-11-27)
Wriggly, squiffy, lummox, and boobs: What makes some words funny?
Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study by University of Alberta psychology experts. (2018-11-27)
Early detection of epilepsy in children possible with deep learning computer science technique
Early detection of the most common form of epilepsy in children is possible through 'deep learning,' a new machine learning tool that teaches computers to learn by example, according to a new study that includes researchers from Georgia State University. (2018-11-27)
Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads improves infants' language skills
A new study from the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows that parents who learn how and why to speak 'parentese' can have a direct impact on their children's vocabulary. (2018-11-26)
Brain responses to language in toddlers with Autism linked to altered gene expression
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Cyprus and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with autism as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging. (2018-11-26)
Typically human: Babies recognize nested structures similar to our grammar
At a mere five months of age, babies seemingly have the ability to recognize very complex grammatical structures. (2018-11-21)
Consistency in core language skill stable in typically and atypically developing children
In a 15-year study of thousands of children, including those with dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders, researchers discovered that a so-called core language skill, as identified here, was stable from infancy to adolescence. (2018-11-21)
New research suggests language influences how consumers trust a brand
Consumers make assumptions based on the language used by a brand or advertiser, and politeness does matter, say researchers at the University of Oregon and University of Washington. (2018-11-16)
SDSU-led team developing instruments to detect language problems earlier
Using the Computerized Comprehension Task, the team measured concepts by asking children to touch images on a touch-sensitive screen that represented words they were learning. (2018-11-12)
Sign language reveals the hidden logical structure, and limitations, of spoken language
Sign languages can help reveal hidden aspects of the logical structure of spoken language, but they also highlight its limitations because speech lacks the rich iconic resources that sign language uses on top of its sophisticated grammar. (2018-11-06)
More than intelligence needed for success in life
Research carried out at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bristol has examined long-held beliefs that success in school and careers is due to more than just high intelligence. (2018-11-05)
Is there a universal hierarchy of human senses?
Research at the University of York has shown that the accepted hierarchy of human senses -- sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell -- is not universally true across all cultures. (2018-11-05)
Machines that learn language more like kids do
In a paper being presented at this week's Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing conference, MIT researchers describe a parser that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child's language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend the parser's capabilities. (2018-10-31)
Model paves way for faster, more efficient translations of more languages
MIT researchers have developed a novel 'unsupervised' language translation model -- meaning it runs without the need for human annotations and guidance -- that could lead to faster, more efficient computer-based translations of far more languages. (2018-10-31)
Army, university study suggests brain structure could influence behavior
New research focusing on how brain structure may impact brain activity and ultimately human behavior could one day lead to technology that can be catered to an individual Soldier in a training environment or operational setting. (2018-10-30)
Robotic arm may help to rehabilitate chronic stroke victims, finds new study
New research published in Frontiers in Neurology by NYU researcher Adam Buchwald finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function recovery. (2018-10-29)
Spanish-speakers experience barriers when receiving dense breast notifications
Spanish-speaking women encounter unique challenges when receiving notifications regarding their mammogram results and breast density. (2018-10-24)
Politics interferes with the ability to assess expertise
Learning about someone's political beliefs interferes with a person's ability to assess expertise, as people judge like-minded peers as being more expert in fields completely unrelated to politics, finds a new UCL-led study. (2018-10-23)
The good book: Bible helps researchers perfect translation algorithms
Thirty-four versions of the Bible and two machine learning tools are used to develop a system that can automatically convert written works into different styles for different audiences. (2018-10-23)
Children as young as seven suffer effects of discrimination, study shows
A new UC Riverside study finds children are sensitive to and suffer the impacts of discrimination as young as seven years old. (2018-10-22)
Infants are more likely to learn when with a peer
Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Washington looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied in relation to on-screen learning. (2018-10-16)
Researchers discover what pneumococcus says to make you sick
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have identified a molecule that plays a key role in bacterial communication and infection. (2018-10-11)
English first: Suicide prevention
When users of Google's search engine submit suicide-related queries, they are repeatedly provided with helpline hotlines on suicide prevention services. (2018-10-10)
Latin may help students bridge their native language with English
Researchers found that teaching English Learners -- students who aren't fluent in English and often come from homes where a language other than English is spoken -- the Latin roots of words helped them problem solve the meaning of unfamiliar words. (2018-10-04)
Reading is a team-lift as different brain parts work together to predict proficiency
The extent to which sensory-specific parts of the brain are able to connect as a network, not necessarily anatomically, but functionally, during a child's development predicts their reading proficiency, according to a new neuroimaging study from the University at Buffalo. (2018-10-02)
Analysis of billions of Twitter words reveals how American English develops
New words in American English tend to develop in five regional linguistic 'hotspots' before spreading across the United States and beyond, a new study reveals. (2018-09-26)
New research helps to instill persistence in children
Encouraging children 'to help,' rather than asking them to 'be helpers,' can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study. (2018-09-19)
A little labeling goes a long way
New research from Northwestern University reveals that infants can use even a few labeled examples to spark the acquisition of object categories. (2018-09-19)
Do we trust people who speak with an accent?
A recently published study shows that unless they speak in a confident tone of voice, you're less likely to believe someone who speaks with an accent. (2018-09-18)
Artificial neural network now capable of finding medication complaints in social networks
'Cannot get asleep all night', 'a little giddy' and other complaints in social networks can now be translated into formal medical terms, such as insomnia or vertigo. (2018-09-17)
New tool developed at UBC screens online health ads for deception
Experts at the University of British Columbia have devised a simple screening tool to evaluate if the products popping up on your newsfeed are likely to be scams. (2018-09-12)
New research shows how we turn on and off languages
A team of researchers has uncovered the distinct computations that occur when we switch between different languages, a finding that provides new insights into the nature of bilingualism. (2018-09-10)
Spreading the word: Noninvasive brain stimulation may soon reach more aphasia patients
In an article published online on Aug. 20, 2018 by the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, researchers tested the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in stroke patients with aphasia. (2018-09-06)
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