Bilinguals get the blues
(PhysOrg.com) -- Learning a foreign language literally changes the way we see the world, according to new research.
Juggling languages can build better brains
Once likened to a confusing tower of Babel, speaking more than one language can actually bolster brain function by serving as a mental gymnasium, according to researchers.
Foreign accents make speakers seem less truthful to listeners
A foreign accent undermines a person's credibility in ways that the speaker and the listener don't consciously realize, new research at the University of Chicago shows.
Nanotech Speakers Hold Promise for Sonar Uses
(PhysOrg.com) -- UT Dallas researchers have found that carbon nanotube sheets perform well as underwater sound generators and noise-canceling speakers, two highly desirable traits for submarine sonar and stealth ...
'Coffee Talk' Disappearing In Native New Yorkers
In the early 1990s, comedian Mike Myers regularly dressed up in a giant wig, gaudy fake nails and gigantic sunglasses to become Linda Richman -- a stereotypical New Yorker who had fits of feeling "verklempt" ...
Linguist uses Internet to study how we say things
(PhysOrg.com) -- Mats Rooth, a Cornell linguist, will use software to study distinctions of prosody (rhythm, stress and intonation) in language by hunting for word patterns on the Internet.
French paper goes global, risks ridicule with translation
A leading French business newspaper is launching a multi-lingual version of its website using automatic translation, dispensing with journalists but producing often comic results.
Exposure to two languages carries far-reaching benefits
People who can speak two languages are more adept at learning a new foreign language than their monolingual counterparts, according to research conducted at Northwestern University. And their bilingual advantage persists ...
Lip-reading computers can detect different languages
Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have created lip-reading computers that can distinguish between different languages.
Scientists show that language shapes perception
(PhysOrg.com) -- Advances in cognitive neuroscience (the science of how the brain works when we think) have shown that what our eyes see and what our brain interprets are two different things. Professor Guillaume Thierry, ...
Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research ...
How smartphone apps are revolutionising language learning
When the iPhone launched in 2007, few could have predicted the impact it would have on education. One of the most powerful developments in education has been the arrival of language learning apps.
Beyond proficiency: How early English exposure influences non-native speakers
Non-native speakers exposed to English before moving to America are more likely to use the language in their daily lives in the United States, according to a report led by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public ...
Gadget Watch: Crystal clear sound in glass speaker
Ever tried to play a tune by rubbing the rim of a crystal wine glass?