British researchers create robot that can learn simple words by conversing with humans (w/ Video)
In an attempt to replicate the early experiences of infants, researchers in England have created a robot that can learn simple words in minutes just by having a conversation with a human.
Finches use their own form of grammar in their tweets
Survey of rhyme reveals a new possibility for one of the essential units of language
It was in grade school classes that most of us first learned about the syllable—the tiny unit of organization for speech sounds, bundles of which can be combined to construct words, phrases, sentences, ...
Zebra finches are sensitive to emotional cues in human speech
A study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that zebra finches can pick up on the features in human language that express emphasis and emotion.
Colonizing songbirds lost sense of syntax: Genes underlying song selection may have been lost in transit
As one species of European songbird island-hopped to colonize mid-Atlantic archipelagoes over the course of a half million years, their songs lost their sense of syntax.
Anne likes Alex but not Bob: what your name really says about you
Imagine you're on a spaceship with engine trouble. Your captain knows she must land the ship for repairs. The navigator identifies two viable planets that could do the job. Little is known of either, other ...
Songbirds turn on and tune up: Bullfinches have the brain power to learn to sing human melodies accurately
(Phys.org) —Bullfinches learn from human teachers to sing melodies accurately, according to a new study by the late Nicolai Jürgen and researchers from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. Their ...
Banded mongooses structure monosyllabic sounds in a similar way to humans
Animals are more eloquent than previously assumed. Even the monosyllabic call of the banded mongoose is structured and thus comparable with the vowel and consonant system of human speech. Behavioral biologists ...
Language learning: Researchers use video games to crack the speech code
When we speak, our enunciation and pronunciation of words and syllables fluctuates and varies from person to person. Given this, how do infants decode all of the spoken sounds they hear to learn words and meanings?
Robots learn to create language
On the tip of your tongue: Researchers reveal our motor system activates when we hear speech
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered our motor system activates automatically when we hear speech. These findings could, in the future, play a central role ...
Tactile input affects what we hear: study
Humans use their whole bodies, not just their ears, to understand speech, according to University of British Columbia linguistics research.
The Link Between Birdsong And Human Language
Scientists studying how Bengalese finches use sets of syllables to communicate are a step closer to understanding how humans develop and use vocabulary. After studying the neural networks in finch brains, ...
Probing Question: What do children need to be successful readers?
In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of…"