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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016 — A study has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different ... read more

Future Help for Stroke Patients With Language Problems

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new method of analysis to distinguish between stroke patients with language problem has been developed by a brain researcher. The result may be individualized treatment for each ... read more

Gaming Advances Swedish Teenagers’ English Writing Skills

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study reveals that there are positive relations between gaming and English writing skills. The study focused on essays that students wrote in 9th grade as part of the national test in English. ... read more

Is Your Toddler Ready for Reading Lessons?

Jan. 6, 2016 — Even before they can read, children as young as 3 years of age are beginning to understand how a written word is different than a simple drawing -- a nuance that could provide an important early ... read more

How Does Type of Toy Affect Quantity, Quality of Language in Infant Playtime?

Dec. 23, 2015 — Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden ... read more

Turn-Taking in Communication May Be More Ancient Than Language

Dec. 18, 2015 — New research on turn-taking in conversation focuses on its implications for how languages are structured and for how language and communication ... read more

'Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few': Could Phrases Like This Hold Clues About Universal Grammar?

Dec. 16, 2015 — A new research project is looking for evidence of “universal grammar” – the notion that humans are hard-wired to understand language from ... read more

We Infer a Speaker's Social Identity from Subtle Linguistic Cues

Dec. 15, 2015 — When we speak, we 'leak' information about our social identity through the nuanced language that we use to describe others, according to new research. This research shows that people can ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — By studying videos from high-stakes court cases, researchers are building unique lie-detecting software based on real-world ... read more

Chomsky Was Right: We Do Have a 'Grammar' in Our Head

Dec. 7, 2015 — A team of neuroscientists has found new support for linguist Noam Chomsky's decades-old theory that we possess an 'internal grammar' that allows us to comprehend even nonsensical ... read more

How Does My Therapist Rate?

Dec. 2, 2015 — Software developed to rate therapists on empathy using automatic speech recognition, natural language processing and machine ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — You may believe that you have forgotten the Chinese you spoke as a child, but your brain hasn't. Moreover, that "forgotten" first language may well influence what goes on in your brain ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humor? Mathematicians have now developed a mathematical method of doing just that -- and it might not be quite as personal as we ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — An analysis of the tone of voice used by couples during therapy allowed a computer algorithm to predict whether a relationship would improve. In fact, the algorithm did a better job of predicting ... read more

Show Me How You Write on Social Media and I'll Tell You Your Age and Sex

Nov. 23, 2015 — A new tool can detect the sex and age range of the authors behind posts and other comments on social networks. Potential applications include its use in delinquent profiling and detection of ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive function after a stroke. Bilingual patients performed better than single language patients on ... read more

Two Synthetic Phonics Programs Equally Effective at Teaching Young Children to Read

Nov. 19, 2015 — Two of the synthetic phonics programs, Letters and Sounds (L&S) and Early Reading Research (ERR), used by English primary schools to teach young children to read are equally effective overall. ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Watching 3-D images of tongue movements can help individuals learn speech sounds, a new study has demonstrated. Researchers say the findings could be especially helpful for stroke patients seeking to ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists have shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the ... read more

20 Million Tweets Used to Understand People and Real-World Situations

Nov. 13, 2015 — What can you tell about people and their situations from only 140 characters? Quite a lot according to a new study about Twitter. To date, no research has tapped the vast data from social media to ... read more

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