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Language-Learning Games Have Greater Impact if You Up the Gamers

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Games are usually more fun when you play with other people, but if you’re playing an educational game, interacting with other players may help you learn more, according to Cornell University research. Using a language-learning game called “Crystallize,” created by Cornell computer science faculty and students, researchers found that when players are required to work together they learn more words – and enjoy the game more.

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Pitch Range Produced by Vocal Cords

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Vocal cords are able to produce a wide range of sound frequencies because of the larynx’s ability to stretch vocal cords and the cords’ molecular composition.

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'Now-or-Never Bottleneck' Explains Language Acquisition

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Bad Behavior May Not Be a Result of Bad Parenting, but a Lack of Common Language

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Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child can be difficult. It's even more challenging when they don’t speak the same language – a reality for a growing number of immigrant families. New research suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences.

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Brit Accents Vex U.S. Hearing-Impaired Elderly

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Older Americans with some hearing loss shouldn’t feel alone if they have trouble understanding British TV sagas like “Downton Abbey.” A small study from the University of Utah suggests hearing-impaired senior citizens have more trouble than young people comprehending British accents when there is background noise.

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Lung Function May Affect Vocal Health for Women

Vocal fatigue is a common complaint among teachers and one of the most debilitating conditions that can lead to vocal damage. The typical symptoms include hoarseness, vocal tiredness, muscle pains and lost or cracked notes. However, the actual physiological mechanism of vocal fatigue is still being explored. Now, a group of researchers have found a potential link between pulmonary function and the symptoms of voice fatigue unique to women, the predominate population of teaching workforce.

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Great Apes Communicate Cooperatively

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Gestural communication in bonobos and chimpanzees shows turn-taking and clearly distinguishable communication styles.

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Language Myth Buster

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Women talk more than men, texting makes you dumb, sign language is pantomime. These are just a few of the myths Abby Kaplan, professor of linguistics at the University of Utah, debunks in her recently published book, “Women Talk More Than Men…And Other Myths about Language Explained.”

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Top Stories 5-17-2016

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Bilingual Babies Learn Languages Faster Than Monolingual Babies: NUS Study

A study led by Associate Professor Leher Singh, from the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, suggested that learning two languages from the start helps children master the rules of each language faster.

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Top Stories 5-13-2016

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Brain Pattern Predicts How Fast an Adult Learns a New Language

New University of Washington research shows that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language.

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Brain Pattern Predicts How Fast an Adult Learns a New Language

New University of Washington research shows that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language.

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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.