Polish teenagers speak English like locals, study shows
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of linguists studying Eastern European youngsters in the UK have found they learn to speak English like locals.
Linguists to re-think reason for short words
Challenging the limits of learning: Human mind vs. yardstick of a machine
Although we're convinced that baby is brilliant when she mutters her first words, cognitive scientists have been conducting a decades-long debate about whether or not human beings actually "learn" language.
Undocumented language found hidden in India
A "hidden" language spoken by only about 1,000 people has been discovered in the remote northeast corner of India by researchers who at first thought they were documenting a dialect of the Aka culture, a tribal ...
Maltese-English Dictionary to be Digitized
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Arizona linguist Adam Ussishkin has headed up an effort to update and digitize the Maltese-English dictionary of record. The new searchable database will enable scholars and ...
Study finds language barriers may play role in health care disparities
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have found that individuals who do not speak English at home are less likely to receive colorectal cancer ...
The science behind deception
Think you can tell when people are lying? After decades of accepted methods for detecting lies, communications PhD student Edward Reynolds may have a case for challenging those tactics.
Physics student's prefix idea is 'hella' good
Forget 15 minutes of fame. Austin Sendek is getting hella minutes. The University of California-Davis physics undergraduate has reaped international attention since March, when The Bee wrote about his campaign to establish ...
'Selfish sounds': Darwinism in linguistics
People generally think that they are in full command of what they say. Historical linguist Nikolaus Ritt from the Department of English and American Studies at Universitat Wien (Austria), however, claims that it may actually ...
Understanding Infant Language Learning
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Arizona professor LouAnn Gerken has earned a grant to study the accuracy of a fairly new theory that explains how infants aquire knowledge.
Scientists explain the neurological process for the recognition of letters and numbers
"We analyzed the influence of the context given by a word when linking the physical traits of its components to the abstract representations of letters," explains to SINC Nicola Molinaro, main author of the ...
Computer automatically deciphers ancient language
In his 2002 book Lost Languages, Andrew Robinson, then the literary editor of the London Times' higher-education supplement, declared that "successful archaeological decipherment has turned out to require ...
The 'bumpy ride' of linguistic change
A recent study of an ancient language provides new insights into the nature of linguistic evolution, with potential applications for today's world. The study, "Dvandvas, Blocking, and the Associative: The Bumpy Ride from ...
A Test in Producing a Visual Capture of Speech
(PhysOrg.com) -- Diana Archangeli, a UA linguistics professor, is heading up a team using ultrasound and other devices to create a technology that would enable the detection of words without auditory cues.