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Pattern Learning Key to Children's Language Development

A new study reveals children's language development is a learnt skill and is intricately linked to their ability to recognise patterns in their environment.

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Children with Autism Learn New Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds

A new study has found that children with autism are capable of learning new words the same way any child would—by following someone’s gaze as they name an object. They just take longer to pick up the skill.

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WSU Professor Ray Hull Co-Authors New Book 'the Art of Communication'

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Wichita State Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Ray Hull has co-authored a new book, "The Art of Communication," with New York Times best-selling author Jim Stovall.

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Brain's 'Thesaurus' Mapped to Help Decode Inner Thoughts

What if a map of the brain could help us decode people's inner thoughts? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken a step in that direction by building a "semantic atlas" that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.

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First Small Molecule Targeted Therapy to Mitigate Hearing Loss in Usher Syndrome Type 3

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A new study published in Nature Chemical Biology reports the first small molecule targeted therapy for progressive hearing loss in a mouse model of USH3, an USH classified by progressive loss of hearing and vision starting in the first few decades of life along with variable balance disorder.

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Award to Fund Research on Brain-Computer Interface Control of Communication Devices

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University of Kansas neuroscientist Jonathan Brumberg has been awarded a $25,000 New Century Scholars Research Grant by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to develop and test a brain-computer interface (BCI) that will directly control commercially available augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices for individuals with profound speech and motor disorders

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Bring the Language Lab to the Classroom

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A new in-classroom laboratory approach by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers Laureen McIntyre and Laurie Hellsten promises to provide a real-world look at assessment and teaching strategies for students with speech, language and learning difficulties.

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Mice with Genetic Defect for Human Stuttering Offer New Insight Into Speech Disorder

Mice that vocalize in a repetitive, halting pattern similar to human stuttering may provide insight into a condition that has perplexed scientists for centuries, according to a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the National Institutes of Health. These mice, which carry a mutation in a gene associated with stuttering in humans, may help scientists understand the biological basis of the disorder, and potentially lead to treatments.

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Fresh Look at Trope About Eskimo Words for Snow

That old trope about there being at least 50 Eskimo words for snow has a new twist. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have taken a fresh look at words for snow, taking on an urban legend referred to by some as "the great Eskimo vocabulary hoax."

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Undergrads Win $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Gloves That Translate Sign Language

Two University of Washington undergraduates have won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for their “SignAloud” invention — gloves that can translate American Sign Language into text or speech.

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Expert Can Comment on Why Speaking Two Languages Is Good for the Brain

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Letting Every Voice Be Heard

As with any muscle in the body, prolonged or improper use can cause injuries to these vocal cord muscles causing a partial or even complete loss of the voice.

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New Book Explains the Creation and Evolution of Language

Is language innate? How did we get language? A new book offers a revolutionary, unifying framework to understand the processing, acquisition and evolution of language.

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The Magic of Great Political Speeches Revealed

American University School of Communication professor Robert Lehrman has co-authored a new book, Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016).

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New Study Adds Key Piece to Autism Puzzle

The first study to use eye-tracker technology to monitor eye movement of children with autism spectrum disorder shows that children with the developmental disorder fixate longer on a speaker’s mouth rather than the eyes when the conversation turns emotional.

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FAU Researcher Receives $2.9 Million NIH Grant for Bilingual Development Study in Spanish-Speaking Children

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A psychology professor will continue a unique longitudinal study of bilingual development in children from Spanish-speaking homes. Her research will provide the scientific foundation for best practices to support language, literacy, cognitive growth, and academic achievement of children from Spanish-speaking homes.

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Blind Adults Learn Native Gesture Patterns By Learning To Speak A Language, Researchers Find

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Researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Chicago have found that congenitally blind adults use gestures -- important markers in language development in children -- similar to those by sighted adults, even though they've never seen the gestures before.

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The ‘Not Face’ Is a Universal Part of Language, Study Suggests

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Researchers have identified a single, universal facial expression that is interpreted across many cultures as the embodiment of negative emotion. The look proved identical for native speakers of English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language (ASL). It consists of a furrowed brow, pressed lips and raised chin, and because we make it when we convey negative sentiments, such as “I do not agree,” researchers are calling it the “not face.”

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Birdsong Could Offer Clues to Human Speech Disorders

UA researcher Julie Miller believes birds can help us understand the genetics behind language problems associated with Parkinson's disease.

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Most Presidential Candidates Speak at Grade 6-8 Level

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A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others.