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Increasing Space Between Letters Could Help Dyslexic Readers

A study recently published in Research in Developmental Disabilities has shown that dyslexic children may be able to improve their reading speed with increased spacing in between the letters printed on the page. The...

Researchers Tackle Universal Grammar

In their new book The Language Game, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater set out to identify the origins of human language—and the pair’s findings deviate from the traditionally accepted schools of...

Americans Worry Most about their Accents

Study shows Americans are the nationality most concerned about perceptions of their accent and that accents are associated with traits from professionalism to passion! The popular language-learning app Babbel commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct the...
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We’re Naturally Bilingual

Neuroscientists at New York University have discovered that the brain uses a shared mechanism for combining words from a single language and for combining words from two different languages, which indicates that language switching...
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Bilingual Infants Prefer Baby Talk

Babies pay more attention to baby talk than regular speech, regardless of which languages they’re used to hearing, according to a study led by Krista Byers-Heinlein, a psychology professor at Concordia University in Montreal,...
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No Downside for Bilingual Kids

A first-of-its kind study in U.S.-born children from Spanish-speaking families has found that minority language exposure does not threaten the acquisition of English by children in the U.S. and that there is no trade-off...
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English Learners Slide More During Summer

For many students—particularly those that are historically underserved—the summer break from learning perpetuates inequitable achievement gaps, according to an overview of current research studies...

Brain Acts the Same Whatever the Language

Over decades, neuroscientists have created a well-defined map of the brain’s “language network,” or the regions of the brain that are specialized for processing language. Found primarily in the left hemisphere, this network includes...

Fun Language Apps Boost Senior Brain Function

Bilingualism has been linked to improved executive function and delayed onset of dementia, but it is unknown whether similar benefits can be obtained later in life through deliberate intervention. Given the logistical hurdles of...
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