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Lara Cowell

Scans Show The Brain Groups Words By Meaning - 0 views

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    Scientists say they have made an atlas of where words' meanings are located in the brain. The map shows that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain's outer layer. Moreover, the brains of different people map language in the same way: words with related meanings lit up similar parts of the brain. Words meanings could pop up in different places simultaneously. Hearing the word "top" caused regions associated with clothing and appearances to light up. But "top" could also stimulate a region associated with words related to numbers and measurements.

    UC Berkeley neuroscientist, Jack Gallant, who authored the study, says the findings contradict two beliefs nonscientists commonly have about the brain. First, that only the left hemisphere handles language. Second, that the brain has localized regions which handle specific tasks.

    Contrary to those ideas, he says, language and meaning are distributed. "It's not that there's one brain area and one function," he says.

    But for Gallant, the real surprise is that the meanings of words triggered the same brain regions across multiple people in his study.
kellymurashige16

Study Reveals Hawaii's Linguistic Diversity - 0 views

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    According to a new study, twenty-five percent of Hawaii's citizens speak a non-English language at home. (For contrast, the national average is 21%.) The number of non-English speakers in Hawaii has risen by 44% over the last thirty years, proving Hawaii's language diversity.
kellymurashige16

Lingohop wants to make language learning personal, relevant to you - 0 views

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    There are already many language-learning apps, with Duolingo being one of the most popular. A new app, Lingohop, aims to teach people more than just simple vocabulary and grammatical structures; it wants to customize vocabulary and grammar for each person.
kellymurashige16

These Gloves Can Translate Sign Language to Voice and Text - 0 views

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    University of Washington students have created gloves called SignAloud. These gloves sense hand motions and translate the meanings, allowing more people to understand sign language.
kellymurashige16

How linguistics experts are baffled by English sayings - 1 views

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    Linguistic scientists have now identified the most confusing sayings in the British-English language. Most of these phrases come from historical events and military slang.
efukumoto17

Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery - 1 views

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    There are ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke - for example, you can exercise more and not smoke. But should a stroke occur, you might also be able to reduce your risk of losing brain function if you are a speaker of more than one language.
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    Dr. Thomas Bak, one of the study's authors, posits that language learning helps brains build "cognitive reserve": a rich network of neural connections - highways that can can still carry the busy traffic of thoughts even if a few bridges are destroyed, as via a stroke. "People with more mental activities have more interconnected brains, which are able to deal better with potential damage," Bak says. He likens language learning's effect on the brain to swimming's ability to strengthen the body. Learning a language at any stage in life provides a thorough workout, but other cognitive "exercises," such as doing puzzles or playing a musical instrument, might also benefit stroke recovery, he said.
    The research applies to the larger concept of neuroplasticity, in that the brain is dynamic and can adapt to new challenges when properly conditioned,
kkarasaki17

Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music - 1 views

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    A whistling language like that quoted in "Tree of Codes," she said, speaks to "how we humans adapt to and interact with our environment, not being separate, but really being in a merged relationship with everything around us." That positive attitude sets Ms. Lim apart from some of the other musical-linguistic ventures.
jillnakayama16

Is language a barrier in music? - 0 views

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    Fred Zindi Music Have you ever thought of the reasons why our music finds it an uphill struggle to make it in neighbouring countries? In October, last year, I gave 10 copies of Jah Payzah's "Jerusarema" CD to delegates at a music conference in Brazzaville, Congo and asked them to listen to it, then give me feedback on what they thought about the music.
Michael Deci

How can technology help humans and animals communicate? Speech vests for service dogs, ... - 0 views

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    Melody Jackson, a computer scientist at Georgia Tech, has been outfitting service dogs with computerized vests, so that in an emergency they can find another human and pull a mechanical lever on the vest that triggers an audio message: My handler needs you to come with me!
Kody Dunford

Swearing A Lot Could Mean You're Smarter Than Everyone Else - 1 views

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    It's commonly believed that those who throw swear words around freely are either uneducated, lazy, have a minuscule vocabulary, or all of the above. Now, we can officially say, those who subscribe to that belief are just a**holes. A pair of psychologists from two U.S.
keeganloo16

Endangered Language: How Technology May Replace Braille and Sign - 0 views

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    Many languages are endangered. Braille and sign language may be next. Technological advancements have decreased demand for these once revolutionary aids.
keeganloo16

Should Computer Coding Be Considered A Foreign Language in School? Some Say Yes - 0 views

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    A movement by parents and lawmakers to get computer coding classes to count toward foreign language credits in school. Supporters say that it will expose students to coding and will provide them with a valuable skill in the workplace.
mitchell_kelly

Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds? - 0 views

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    This study suggests how a language sounds is affected by the altitude of its speakers. The study analyzes 600 languages.
mitchell_kelly

Schizophrenia's devastating effect on speech and language ability - 0 views

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    Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects thought, and language, and communication, among many other things. Thought disorder often appears as disorganized language use and problems with semantic processing ability.
Arthur Johnston

A Village Invents a Language All Its Own - 0 views

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    This article describes the birth of an entirely new language, by an isolated village in Australia. The language is extremely new, with many of its first speakers still living today.
Arthur Johnston

Hear the first audio recordings from the sea\'s deepest point - 0 views

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    For the first time we have lowered a microphone into the Challenger Deep, the deepest known ocean trench. It picked up some surprising noises. Taken over a three week period in July 2015, these recordings provided a never before seen profile of the sounds of the deep.
kleclaire16

What the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ - 0 views

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    English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
kleclaire16

Say No More - The New York Times - 0 views

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    Jack Hitt article on how languages die and efforts to keep them alive; notes estimate that half of more than 6,000 languages currently spoken in world will become extinct by end of century; says working to stem tide range are graduate students heading into the field to compile dictionaries, charitable foundations devoted to the cause, like Endangered Language Fund, and transnational agencies, like European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages; describes scene in Puerto Eden, tiny fishing village on Wellington Island in Patagonia region of southern Chile, home of last six speakers of Kawesqar, language native to area since last ice age; photos (L)
ebullard16

1930s sign language caught on film - BBC News - 0 views

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    Long lost footage documenting the deaf community's fight for civil rights is being shown in cinemas across the UK. The British Deaf Association is marking its 125th anniversary with a film made from footage dating back to the 1930s which was rescued from a skip.
ebullard16

Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music - 1 views

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    Australian composer Liza Lim unveils her opera "Tree of Codes," which includes snippets of a Turkish whistling language from a small mountain village. This article explains that numerous people believe that if tradition is dying, something new should take it's place; there must be a way to incarnate the dying into something new.
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