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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Link Between Job Titles and Gender Equality

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have revealed a link between role-nouns (e.g. job titles) in gendered languages and gender equality. The study, which examined whether the masculine form in the plural in German is ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Nov. 27, 2018 — Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Model Paves Way for Faster, More Efficient Translations of More Languages

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers have developed a novel 'unsupervised' language translation model -- meaning it runs without the need for human annotations and guidance -- that could lead to faster, more ... read more

Oct. 31, 2018 — Researchers describe a parser that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child's language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend the parser's ... read more

Robotic Arm May Help to Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims

Oct. 29, 2018 — New research finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function ... read more

Oct. 16, 2018 — Researchers looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied in relation to on-screen ... read more

Oct. 12, 2018 — The verbal and physical signs of lying are harder to detect than people believe, a study ... read more

Infants Capable of Complex Babble May Grow Into Stronger Readers

Oct. 10, 2018 — Infants' early speech production may predict their later literacy, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 4, 2018 — Researchers found that in teaching English learners -- students who aren't fluent in English and often come from homes where a language other than English is spoken -- the Latin roots of words ... read more

Reading Is a Team-Lift as Different Brain Parts Work Together to Predict Proficiency

Oct. 2, 2018 — The extent to which sensory-specific parts of the brain are able to connect as a network, not necessarily anatomically, but functionally, during a child's development predicts their reading ... read more

Scientists Use AI to Develop Better Predictions of Why Children Struggle at School

Sep. 30, 2018 — Scientists using machine learning -- a type of artificial intelligence -- with data from hundreds of children who struggle at school, identified clusters of learning difficulties which did not match ... read more

Analysis of Billions of Twitter Words Reveals How American English Develops

Sep. 26, 2018 — New words in American English tend to develop in five regional linguistic 'hotspots' before spreading across the United States and beyond, a new study ... read more

A Little Labeling Goes a Long Way

Sep. 19, 2018 — New research reveals that infants can use even a few labeled examples to spark the acquisition of object categories. Those labeled examples lead infants to initiate the process of categorization, ... read more

Do We Trust People Who Speak With an Accent?

Sep. 18, 2018 — A recently published study shows that unless they speak in a confident tone of voice, you're less likely to believe someone who speaks with an accent. And, interestingly, as you make this ... read more

Computer Avatars Play a Part in Dementia Detection

Sep. 13, 2018 — Scientists have demonstrated the possibility of detecting dementia from conversations in human-agent interaction. Their research shows how a machine can learn characteristics of sounds of elderly ... read more

Bilingualism: How We Turn on and Off Languages

Sep. 10, 2018 — A team of researchers has uncovered the distinct computations that occur when we switch between different languages, a finding that provides new insights into the nature of ... read more

Brainwaves Synchronize to the Speed of Talking, Influencing the Way We Hear Words

Sep. 6, 2018 — The speed at which someone speaks influences the way we hear upcoming words. But, until recently, little was known about the neural mechanisms behind this phenomenon. A recent study reveals that our ... read more

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation May Soon Reach More Aphasia Patients

Sep. 6, 2018 — Researchers tested the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in stroke patients with aphasia. Their results pave the way for the creation of a large clinical trial to test the new treatment ... read more

Beatboxers' and Guitarists' Brains React Differently to Hearing Music

Sep. 5, 2018 — The brains of professional beatboxers and guitarists respond to music differently when compared to each other and ... read more

Children Take Longer to Learn Two Languages at Once Compared to Just One -- Don't Fret

Aug. 23, 2018 — Bilingual children from immigrant families are not two monolinguals in one. They develop each language at a slower pace because their learning is spread across two languages. A researcher shows ... read more

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