Tag: science

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...

Bilingual children do find it easier to pick up other languages

It is often claimed that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, this hypothesis has found support in a new study of brain activity, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. “The difference is readily seen in language learners’ brain patterns. When learning a new language, bilinguals rely more than...

Late-Learner Bilinguals Perform Similar to Native Speakers

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word-Order” asked whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish could understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in...

Speaking of the Ice Age

University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World.New research, which uses “big data” techniques to analyze more than 100 linguistic features, suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.The diversity of...

Sign-Language Leads to Better Peripheral Vision

A new report in Frontiers in Psychology found that deaf adults who use British Sign Language (BSL) had significantly faster peripheral vision reaction time than non-deaf BSL language interpreters and that the interpreters had faster reaction times than hearing adults who do not speak BSL.What is interesting about deaf individuals is that from having an altered cognitive experience, they...

Donating Your Textual Body to Science

Linguists, sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists want you to donate your text messages to science. The text4science project, also known as sms4science, aims to build a large corpus of text messages in different languages and dialects to examine the way in which text messaging is changing language and the way we learn to read and write. The project is...