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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

How Do Babies Coordinate Gestures, Vocalization?

Apr. 26, 2017 — A new study has focused on how babies start speaking, and how 9 to 13-month-old babies tackle the shift from early babbling to the use of combinations of gestures and ... read more

Repeating Non-Verbs as Well as Verbs Can Boost the Syntactic Priming Effect

Apr. 17, 2017 — Repetition of non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the effect of syntactic priming, i.e. the likelihood of people reproducing the structure of the utterance they have just ... read more

Scientists Make Strides Explaining How We Discern Language

Apr. 10, 2017 — Perhaps you have been thinking of taking a foreign language course and are undecided whether to take an evening or morning class. Adding to your indecision: You are concerned about your ability to ... read more

Age at Immigration Influences Occupational Skill Development

Mar. 23, 2017 — Future occupations of US immigrant children are influenced by how similar their native language is to English, according to a new ... read more

Happy Spouse, Happy House

Mar. 17, 2017 — Achieving marital quality could seem daunting, even impossible to any couple, let alone a couple in which one of the partners is dealing with a serious illness. But a new study may hold the answer, ... read more

Why Do People Switch Their Language?

Mar. 14, 2017 — Due to increasing globalization, the linguistic landscape of our world is changing; many people give up use of one language in favor of another. Scientists have studied why language shift happens ... read more

Defect in Non-Coding DNA Might Trigger Brain Disorders Such as Severe Language Impairment

Mar. 14, 2017 — Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists ... read more

How to Fit in When You Stand Out: Don't Try So Hard

Mar. 14, 2017 — When in Rome you do as the Romans do, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to fitting in with foreign cultures, 'just be yourself' might be the more appropriate mantra, says new ... read more

Scientists Win Memprize Competition With Best Vocabulary Learning Method

Mar. 12, 2017 — Language learning app Memrise has announced the winner of its first Memprize: a competition to find the world's most efficient vocabulary learning ... read more

Mar. 10, 2017 — A study of the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more orderly and self-organized than linguistics have previously ... read more

The Hazards of English Spelling

Mar. 10, 2017 — A new study of English spelling practices demonstrates that the way we spell words is much more orderly and self-organizing than previously ... read more

Mar. 1, 2017 — Results of a small study of adults with autism has added to evidence that their brains can learn to compensate for some language comprehension challenges that are a hallmark of the disorder in ... read more

Children and Youth Learning English Require Better Support for Academic Success

Feb. 28, 2017 — Despite their potential, many English learners (ELs) -- who account for more than 9 percent of K-12 enrollment in the US -- lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Linguistic anthropologists are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. Their new research suggests complex patterns of contact and ... read more

Brain Study: Motor Cortex Contributes to Word Comprehension

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word's meaning involves not only the 'classic' language brain centers but also the cortical regions ... read more

Working Memory as Key to Preventing Misdiagnoses, Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have found a link to growth in working memory and growth in English-language reading among young English-language learning students. The findings suggest better assessment and education ... read more

Discovering What Shapes Language Diversity

Feb. 10, 2017 — Scientists have used a form of simulation modeling to study the processes that shape language diversity ... read more

Naps May Help Preschoolers Learn, Study Finds

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds, finding that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — Researchers have tested the capacity of different computational approaches to detect cognates with striking success rates: The best-performing method could detect word relationships with an accuracy ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision, report researchers. A new study showed that deaf adults have the best peripheral vision and reaction times comparing to hearing ... read more

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