Linguists tackle computational analysis of grammar
Children don't have to be told that "cat" and "cats" are variants of the same word—they pick it up just by listening. To a computer, though, they're as different as, well, cats and dogs. Yet it's computers ...
Tracing languages back to their earliest common ancestor through sound shifts
A team of researchers in the U.S. and U.K. has developed a statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words' pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolutionary history of related languages.
New model set to reveal oldest spoken words yet
A team of University of Reading scientists has developed a mathematical technique that can work out when changes to how words are pronounced occurred in different languages.
After merger, chimpanzees learned new grunt for 'apple'
Chimpanzees have special grunts for particular types of foods, and their fellow chimps know exactly what those calls mean. Now, by studying what happened after two separate groups of adult chimpanzees moved in together at ...
Features of language show a strong link to the geographic dispersal of human populations
Geneticists have famously tracked small differences in the human genetic code to trace the evolution and spread of humans out of Africa. Languages can change more quickly than genes and are not necessarily ...
Gates working on Personal Agent project with Microsoft
Tonal languages require humidity
The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics ...
Google to update translation app for phones
Orangutans crack consonants and vowels to shed new light on the evolution of human speech
Scientist still dont know how human speech evolved from our great ape ancestors. But a study involving Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the Pongo Foundation has uncovered new calls from orang-utans ...
Humans, sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways
The song of the swamp sparrow—a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America—is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again.
Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation
Microsoft announced Monday a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service.
Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds
(Phys.org)—Teenage boys are perhaps more known for playing computer games but girls are better at making them, a University of Sussex study has found.
Watson-powered app to answer wellness-related questions
Powerful new software plug-in detects bugs in spreadsheets
An effective new data-debugging software tool dubbed "CheckCell" was released to the public this week in a presentation by University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science doctoral student Daniel Barowy. ...