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Communication Scholar Suggests Strategies to Build Language, Listening Skills

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This story looks at how a parent can bolster a child's communication skills.

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A New Look at Language Delay in Children With Autism

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A new study by a linguistics professor and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate diagnostics.

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Eye-Tracking Technology Aids Wichita State Student's Research on Infant Behavior

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Wichita State University grad student Jennifer Francois is conducting research that studies the ways in which infants' eyes track their mothers' faces -- a small detail that can have a big impact on a child's foundation for future language development.

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Online Crowdsourcing Meets Speech Therapy

Crowdsourcing – where responses to a task are aggregated across a large number of individuals – can be an effective tool for rating sounds in speech disorders research, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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Communicating Emotions

Mandarin-speakers rely more on tone of voice rather than on facial cues to understand emotion compared to English-language speakers. This may be a result of the limited eye contact and more restrained facial expressions common in East Asian cultures.

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Tracing Languages Back to Their Common Ancestors Through the Statistics of Sound Shifts

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A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolution of a language offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.

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Crowdsourcing a Valid Option for Gathering Speech Ratings

Crowdsourcing – where responses to a task are aggregated across a large number of individuals recruited online – can be an effective tool for rating sounds in speech disorders research, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

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Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times—research from the University of Vermont, examining billions of words, shows that these sources—and all human language—skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to “look on and talk about the bright side of life.”

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Do Infants Judge Others’ Language Proficiency? It Depends on Their Own, Research Shows

Monolingual infants expect others to understand only one language, an assumption not held by bilingual infants, a study by researchers at New York University and McGill University has found.

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Serious Monkey Business: Linguistic Methods Uncover Sophisticated Meanings and Monkey Dialects

The same species of monkeys located in separate geographic regions use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators, a linguistic analysis by a team of scientists reveals. The study reveals that monkey calls have a more sophisticated structure than was commonly thought.