Researchers think the environment people live in might have had an influence on the evolution of their language, which would also explain why there are so many different forms of human communication. Continue reading How Climate and Vegetation Influenced the Evolution of Language
A joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology seems to show that languages learned during early childhood leave traceable patterns in the brain. Even if the child stops using its first language and replaces it with a new one, which is often the case in international adoptions, the unconscious brain retains those patterns years later.
Romanagri, have you heard of this language? It is a new language used by young people across India. The interesting thing is the evolution of this language is different from the other languages.
Languages traditionally developed through gradual accumulation of words and syntax and spread through the brain and the tongue. Romanagri, a protmanteau of English and Hindi, changes and proliferates via cell phones rather than speech. Romanagri is a natural language among young Indians, but confusing to English language purist.
Maybe it’s human nature, but people often tend to make things more complex than it actually is. For many years, language scientists have assumed that language is like a Russian nesting dolls, made up of small parts in turn made of smaller parts. A new study done in Cornell suggests language is simpler than they had thought.
Language system deals with words by grouping them into little clumps that are associated with meaning. When these word clumps are arranged in a particular order, it’s simply understood. For example “bread and butter” might be represented as a construction. On the other hand, if we reverse the sequence, it would likely not make any sense.
Does texting your friends on the phone equal bad grammar? Certainly not. Do not let pseudo scientific studies, carried out by language apprentices at some English departments, fool you into thinking that the language used by an individual to connect with a friend is bad per se.
There have been many debates as to whether language learning for baby starts before or after birth. Now research may provide additional evidence. Continue reading Research: Language Learning starts 10 Weeks before Birth
Scientists at Concordia University in Canada found that raising a baby bilingual results in cognitive advantages compared to monolinguals later in life. Continue reading Raising a Baby Bilingual results in Cognitive Benefits later on
According to a researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder, a person’s pronunciation may help a listener to perceive the gender of the speaker. Continue reading Research shows that Pronunciation Impacts Perception of Gender
According to a study by Rice University bilingual immigrants who speak two or more languages may influence their health in a positive way. Continue reading Research shows that Bilingual Immigrants are Healthier