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. ...
Smartphone understands gestures
Professor Otmar Hilliges and his staff at ETH Zurich have developed a new app enabling users to operate their smartphone with gestures. This development expands the range of potential interactions with such ...
Toshiba develops lifelike communication android
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has developed a lifelike communication android that can move its arms and hands smoothly and use Japanese sign language. The android is a prototype that the company ...
"Kernel" lexicon of languages remains stable in the long run
The frequency with which we use different words changes all the time, new words are invented or fall out of use. Yet little is known about the dynamics of lexical change across languages. Researchers of Kazan Federal University ...
Researchers advance artificial intelligence for player goal prediction in gaming
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed artificial intelligence (AI) software that is significantly better than any previous technology at predicting what goal a player is trying to ...
Economic success drives language extinction
New research shows economic growth to be main driver of language extinction and reveals global 'hotspots' where languages are most under threat.