Computer scientists decode birdsongs automatically
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections, which could be useful for expert and amateur bird-watchers alike.
Reconstructing prehistoric languages
When University of Kentucky student Erica Mattingly enrolled in one of Andrew M. Byrd's linguistics courses, she had no idea she would be rewriting history—or at least re-speaking it.
Open Internet threats loom, study says
The future of an open Internet faces threats from government crackdowns, and "balkanization" resulting from growing concerns over broad electronic surveillance, a survey of experts showed Thursday.
Which happened first: Did sounds form words, or words form sentences?
Social media used to revive extinct language
Citlali Arvizu, a descendant of Southern California's Gabrielino-Tongva Indians, didn't grow up speaking the Tongva language, but she's hoping her children do.
Fruit flies help scientists uncover genes responsible for human communication
The evolution of language in humans continues to perplex scientists and linguists who study how humans learn to communicate. Considered by some as "operant learning," this multi-tiered trait involves many ...
Robot can be programmed by casually talking to it (w/ Video)
Robots are getting smarter, but they still need step-by-step instructions for tasks they haven't performed before. Before you can tell your household robot "Make me a bowl of ramen noodles," you'll have to ...
Talking technology is becoming ubiquitous and maybe even useful
It's the stuff of science fiction. The crew of the Starship Enterprise talks to the replicator in "Star Trek." Joaquin Phoenix's character falls for his chatty operating system, Samantha, in "Her."
Automating laboratory-on-a-chip to cut healthcare costs
A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate "laboratory-on-a-chip" technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus ...
Kinect for Windows helps decode the role of hand gestures during conversations
We all know that human communication involves more than speaking—think of how much an angry glare or an acquiescent nod says. But apart from those obvious communications via body language, we also use our ...
How Apple's new Swift coding language lives up to its name
As Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) winds up in San Fransisco today, 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers will return to their parts of the world armed with Apple's own programming la ...
Ambiguous words probably make communicating easier
It's a good thing some words have many meanings—ambiguous words actually make communication easier and may be an inevitable consequence of a language's evolution, according to a new SFI working paper by External Professor ...
Journalists using more 'hedging' words in climate change articles, study finds
(Phys.org) —The amount of "hedging" language—words that suggest room for doubt—used by prominent newspapers in articles about climate change has increased over time, according to a new study by the University of Colorado ...
New analysis contradicts findings published in Science
New research published in the June 2014 issue of Language presents evidence that the methods employed by the authors of articles published in prestigious international science journals are not supported by a more rigorous lingui ...