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Speech Delay In Babies And Toddlers May Be Blamed On Mobile Devices Like Smartphones And iPads

Many babies and toddlers start to use mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads before they can talk. A new study revealed these children are at risk for delay in expressive language

Public Health May 5, 2017

Lack Of Oxford Comma Leads Truck Drivers To Win Overtime Dispute Against Maine Company

The lack of the Oxford comma could lead Oakhurst Dairy to lose an estimated $10 million to its truck drivers. The class-action lawsuit centers on overtime pay being disputed based on the lack of a comma in an exemption clause.

Business Tech March 17, 2017

British Medical Association Suggests Swapping ‘Expectant Mother’ With Other Terms In Bid To Be Politically Correct

In the name of inclusive language, the British Medical Association has released new guidelines that urge the use of 'pregnant people' instead of 'expectant mothers.' This is to include intersex men and transmen in the language pertaining to pregnancy, the guidance notes.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 31, 2017

Baboon Vowel Sounds Point To 25-Million-Year-Old Roots Of Human Speech

Human speech may have its beginnings at least 25 million years ago, according to a new study. Researchers postulate that if baboons can make such varied vowel sounds, certainly the building blocks of human speech must extend to the last common ancestor of baboons and humans.

Animals January 12, 2017

People Use Same Sounds For Common Objects, Ideas No Matter The Language

How do the people of the world understand each other? It may be that different words with the same meaning use the same sounds, said researchers.

Life & Style September 14, 2016

Orangutan's Vocal Controls Could Hold The Secret To The Origins Of Human Language

A recent study has shown revealed that orangutans can mimic human vocalizations — a development that provides evidence that great apes can control their voices to learn new sounds.

Animals July 27, 2016

Facebook Users Can Now Post A Status In Another Language: Here’s How The Translation Tool Works

Facebook began rolling out a new translation tool on Friday that automatically translates posts into multiple languages.

Internet July 1, 2016

Texas Woman Returns Home From Jaw Surgery With British Accent: What Causes 'Foreign Accent Syndrome'?

Lisa Alamia, who was born and raised in Texas, started to speak with British accent after she underwent a jaw surgery six months ago. What causes her condition known as foreign accent syndrome?

Neuroscience June 24, 2016

Google Translate Celebrates 10th Birthday: Here Are Some Interesting Facts About The Digital Linguist

Google Translate celebrates its 10th birthday this month. Here are some interesting facts about the service that started out with just two languages but now recognizes 103 languages, translating billions of words a day.

Google May 1, 2016

Picking Up A New Language May Boost Your Brain's Agility

When it comes to delaying aging, it’s not only the body that needs exercise. Your brain does, too, and what better way to do that than learning a new language, right?

Healthy Living/Wellness April 29, 2016

Wikimedia Research has Created a Tool to Eliminate Language Gaps on Wikipedia

Wikimedia Research and Stanford researchers designed a system geared toward finding, ranking and recommending missing articles to be created across various languages.

Internet April 28, 2016

Scan Reveals How 'Brain Dictionary' Stores Thousands Of Words

Language processing in the brain is studied through semantic maps or a "brain dictionary" atlas from UC Berkeley researchers. The findings may give a voice to those unable to speak such as stroke or brain damage patients.

Neuroscience April 28, 2016

Merriam-Webster Adds 'Gastric Banding,' 'Athleisure' And 2,000 Other New Words To Dictionary

While we have yet to see ‘YOLO’ on the list, Merriam-Webster recently added 2,000 new words and senses to its unabridged dictionary version. The list includes some you never thought would make it officially, like ‘revenge porn.’

Life & Style April 25, 2016

WordsEye Uses AI To Turn Your Words Into 3D Images

This website and upcoming app allows users to create 3D scenes just by describing what they imagine using text.

Apps/Software April 22, 2016

How To Turn Tinder Plus Into A Tool To Learn New Language

Tinder is not just a tool for hookups, as Tinder Plus can also help in learning a new language. Here are the steps that can be followed to transform the dating app into a learning tool.

Apps/Software April 12, 2016

SwiftKey Now Lets You Type Like Shakespeare: Shake It Up With ShakeSpeak

SwiftKey has launched a new experimental app that uses language pattern recognition from no other than William Shakespeare. ShakeSpeak might help you compare your spouse to a summer’s day, but its predictive typing technology goes well beyond that.

Apps/Software April 9, 2016

Great Tits Use Linguistic Traits Including Phrases Thought To Be Unique To Humans

Japanese Great tit songbirds use human-like syntax to communicate with members of their species, a new research reveals. What makes this discovery so important to biologists?

Animals March 9, 2016

France Wants A New Keyboard That Will Allow Users To Easily Type The Language

The French Ministry of Culture announced its plans to standardize the French-language keyboard. The move will make it easier for native speakers to type grammatically correct.

Computers January 22, 2016

Tribal Chief Calls For Effort To Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction

Canadian tribal chief Edward John called for urgent action to revive indigenous languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction. A spoken language, according to the United Nations, is disappearing every two weeks or less.

Arts & Culture January 22, 2016

Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty And The Beast Date Back Thousands Of Year: Fairy Tales Older Than Bible, Greek Myths

Many renowned fairy tales predate the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, and even modern European languages today, said a new study. Some of the oldest ones were traced back 6,000 years – likely told in ancient tongues long forgotten.

Arts & Culture January 20, 2016

'Forgotten' First Language Influences How Brain Processes Sounds

The first language learned will never be forgotten, says a new study. Researchers found that even a brief exposure to a first language influences how the brain processes sounds in later life.

Society December 6, 2015

People Who Speak More Than One Language Twice As Likely To Recover From Stroke

Stroke patients who speak two or more languages are twice as likely to recover from a stroke with normal cognitive functions, a new study revealed. Bilingualism supposedly helps patients recover faster from the condition, researchers said.

LIFE November 20, 2015

Climate And Environment May Have Influenced Evolution Of Human Languages

Words are powerful, be it spoken or written. Linguists found a link between words and the climate in which it evolved, and the findings will be presented at the Acoustical Society of America.

Arts & Culture November 5, 2015

Humans Still Better Than Machines In Voice Recognition: We Can Identify Close Friends With Utterance Of Just Two Words

Humans are so adept at recognizing familiar voices, they can identify a close friend or a relative with just two words. Machines may be capable of capturing speech information but humans are still better when it comes to voice recognition.

LIFE October 12, 2015

Microsoft Launches Built-In Skype Translator Tool For All Windows Users

Microsoft has begun rolling out the new built-in translator tool for Skype for Windows users. It translates in six languages for video and audio calls in real-time and in 50 languages for IM chats.

Apps/Software October 1, 2015

Expressing Your Love Online? Email And Social Media Can Influence Romance

Scientists have conducted an experiment among college-age students to compare the effects of expressing love through email and voicemail. Contrary to popular thought, voicemail is not as intimate as email.

September 10, 2015

Bonobos Observed Communicating Like Human Babies: What Makes Human Language Unique?

Bonobos are closely related to humans so it’s no wonder similarities in how the two communicate exist. Linguists, however, argue that human language remains unique.

August 5, 2015

New Google Translate Update Includes Instant Visual Translation In 20 More Languages

Google added 20 more languages to its Google Translate app - which instantly translates text in real-time - along with making improvements to the voice conversation feature.

Internet July 29, 2015

Birds Have Their Own Version Of The Word, Research Shows

Singing is a well-known and beloved bird behavior, but researchers want to know what our feathered friends are actually saying. They found that specific sounds made by the chestnut-crowned babbler have specific meanings, similar to human use of words.

Animals June 30, 2015

Why Dads Don’t Do Baby Talk

Mothers and fathers tend to speak in different dialects to their children, new research suggests. The two forms of speech may complement one another to improve the child's language development.

Society May 19, 2015

Experts Discover Part Of Human Brain Responsible For Speech Rhythms

A related study finds the same brain component to be dedicated to process nothing else but speech sounds.

LIFE May 19, 2015

Research Claims Humans Developed Compassion First Before Intelligence

Although human evolution is often depicted to be driven by intelligence, new research claims early humans developed a sense of compassion long before language and intelligence emerged.

Animals February 24, 2015

Tracking The Evolution Of Language Through Sound Changes

A team of researchers recently figured out how to statistically track changes in languages over time not by using letters, but by studying the changes in sounds made when speaking.

February 20, 2015

Where Did Ancestor Of Indo-European Languages Originate?

Two studies attempt to settle the debate on where in the world the ancestral tongue of all Indo-European languages was born. Evidence points to the vast steppe region in what is today Ukraine and Russia.

February 18, 2015

Happy Language? Happiest Language? Check Them Out

Researchers conducting an investigation of the Pollyanna hypothesis have found that some languages tend to be more positive and happier compared with others. Here are the ten languages ranked according to their linguistic happiness.

February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day: How ‘X’ Became The Symbol For Kiss

Everyone knows “XOXO” stands for hugs and kiss, but how did the letter “X” become the symbol to represent a kiss? This brief history lesson reveals some theories.

Internet Culture February 11, 2015

How Positive Are The Languages We Speak?

Happiness can be measured in language, and a new study shows the happiest languages among ten common tongues. It's not what you may think.

February 10, 2015

Chimps Develop Ability To Learn New Sounds, Alter Calls and 'Words'

Chimpanzees are able to learn new sounds, according to a new discovery made in Scotland. What can this tell us about the history of human evolution?

February 5, 2015

Stone Age Butchery Tools Influenced Language Evolution More Than You Think

Our human ancestors developed a primitive way of communicating with each other so they could teach the skill of stone tool-making. This paved the way for the advent of language, teaching and learning.

Animals January 15, 2015

Evolution of Human Language Linked to Tool-Making

Human language may have developed as a way to share and pass along tool-making skills, study suggests. Participants in tool-making experiments showed the importance of language in teaching the necessary skill vital to human evolution and progress.

January 13, 2015

White-Handed Gibbons Communicate the Same Way as Early Human Ancestors

Two researchers have found that white-handed gibbons used distinct sounds that convey specific meanings and scientists think this is likely the way human ancestors communicate by song 1.8 million years ago.

Animals January 13, 2015

Buzzed Birds Slur Their Songs Just Like Humans

A group of researchers gave a group of Zebra finches grape juice with ethanol to see the effects of alcohol on the birds. The spiked drink affected the way the birds sing.

Animals December 30, 2014

Study Shows Dogs Can Process Human Speech

Dogs respond to human speech in much the same way we do, study suggests. Their brains can respond simultaneously to bother the content and emotional component of speech, researchers say.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 28, 2014

Your Dog Can Understand You More Than You Think

Dogs do not just process familiar verbal commands. They also try to understand the meaning of human speech based on the speaker's emotional tone and intonation.

Animals November 28, 2014

Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year Reflects E-Cigarette Trends

Oxford Dictionaries choose "vape" as 2014's Word of the Year. Selection highlights prominence and controversy surrounding use of e-cigarettes.

LIFE November 18, 2014

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