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Tonal Languages Like It Hot and Humid

A new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America links the evolution of tonal languages to climate, specifically to heat and humidity. The report, “Climate, Vocal Folds, and Tonal Languages: Connecting the Physiological and Geographic Dots,” is the collaboration of linguists hailing from the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands,...

There’s No Sound Like Home

New study shows that babies learn language best from speakers that sound like their caregivers.Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon and, oftentimes, it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact. A new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development sheds important light not only on how babies acquire language, but it may also...