Tag: research

UT Austin Statisticians Win Prestigious Award for Language Learning Research

UT Austin statisticians Giorgio Paulon and Abhra Sarkar have been awarded the prestigious Mitchell Prize for their paper on tone learning in adults. The Mitchell Prize, jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and the Mitchell Prize Founders’ Committee, is awarded annually to the author(s) of an outstanding paper that utilizes Bayesian analysis to...

Taking Teaching beyond the Classroom

Over the last year, we have all learned a lot about using technology to engage and interact with others. Educators have learned, survived, and thrived using a variety of online tools. From collaborative office suites that allow for interactive project work to the ubiquitous Zoom classroom, teachers have figured out ways to keep bringing language education to students no...

Adults CAN Learn New Languages Quickly

Contrary to one of the most-cited studies in the field, a new research paper from University of Kansas (KU) linguists shows that even as beginners, adults can quickly begin mentally processing sentence structures in a second language like a native speaker. “We were inspired by a study that is cited in our article as Osterhout et al., 2006,” said...

LRA Releases Report on Dyslexia Research

In response to the growing national attention around dyslexia in both the government and the media, the Literacy Research Association (LRA) has released a report entitled, “An Examination of Dyslexia Research and Instruction.” The report, authored by University of Albany professors Peter Johnston and Donna Scanlon, outlines the current state of dyslexia-related research with a view to helping policymakers...

New Research Shows Certain Languages, English Included, May Spread COVID-19 Faster

A new study suggests that English speakers create more droplets in the air when they talk, which may make them more likely to spread COVID-19. The amount of droplets varies based on different languages due to the amount of aspirated consonants (like the letter p) within the language. While we know that COVID-19 is transmitted through infected people coughing...

IES Announces Research Grant Competitions

The National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research at IES released seven funding announcements for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021). All Application Packages will be available on June 11, 2020.Letters of intent (optional but encouraged) are due June 11, 2020.The Application deadline is August 20, 2020. Education and Special Education Research Grants Education Research Grants: This...

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program Applications Due Apr. 15

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for its Diversity Research Grant (DRG) program. The grant consists of a one-time award of $2,500 and the ALA has encouraged its evaluators to select a total of three recipients. "Grant proposals may address any topic that speaks to critical gaps in knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within...

Talking Faster, Saying the Same

According to a new study (“Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche”) published in Science Advances, languages differ in complexity and speech rate, but not in the rate of information transmission. “Surprisingly, we find robust evidence that some languages are spoken faster than others (for example, Japanese and Spanish speakers produce about 50% more syllables per second than Vietnamese and Thai...

New Robots Learn Languages the Same Way Children Do

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a tool called a “semantic parser” that mimics the experience of children learning a language. The semantic parses does what children typically do—observe their environments and listen to speakers, regardless of if they actually understand what the speakers are saying or not.  The system observes captioned videos and associates the...

Multilingual Students Succeeding in the U.S.

A new study finds that scores from students who speak a language other than English at home have improved dramatically over the last 15 years Students who speak a language other than English at home have improved in reading and math much more substantially since 2003 than previously reported, according...
Language Magazine