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What Makes Southerners Sound Southern?

Linguistic researchers will be isolating and identifying the specific variations in speech that make Southerners sound Southern.

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Language, Linguistic, Speech, perception and awareness, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Maternal Language Shapes Infants' Cry Melodies

Tonal languages sound rather strange to European ears: in contrast to German, French or English, their meaning is also determined by the pitch at which syllables or words are pronounced. A seemingly identical sound can mean completely different things - depending on whether it is pronounced with high pitch, low pitch or a specific pitch fluctuation.

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Unlocking the Languages of Autistic Children in Families

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Researchers at the University of Kent are arguing that creativity and intermedial languages can be used as a bridge to communicate with autistic children.

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Sunil Puria, Ph.D., Leading Hearing Researcher, Named Amelia Peabody Scientist at Mass. Eye and Ear

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Sunil Puria, Ph.D., recently joined Massachusetts Eye and Ear as the second Amelia Peabody Scientist in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories. Dr. Puria, an electrical engineer who trained as a postdoctoral researcher at Mass. Eye and Ear from 1991 to 1997, brings more than 20 years of experience in mathematical modeling and hearing research in both academia and industry settings back to Mass. Eye and Ear, where he will direct the OtoBiomechanics Group.

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Voice Control in Orangutan Gives Clues to Early Human Speech

An adolescent orangutan called Rocky could provide the key to understanding how speech in humans evolved from the time of the ancestral great apes, according to new research.

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Innovative USC Program Helps Develop Literacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children from Bilingual Homes

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USC program combines expertise of education experts, speech language pathologists and audiologists to improve bilingual literacy and writing skills among children who are hard of hearing.

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Yiddish Language Courses Thriving at Binghamton University

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Yiddish is a language spoken by few but remembered by many. The language is alive and well on many U.S. campuses--including Binghamton University in New York, where Yiddish classes, available since the 1980s, are seeing growth in enrollment and are consistently full to capacity.

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UT Student Scientists Excel in Elevator Speech Contest

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Students at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston sharpened their communication skills in an elevator speech contest.

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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 5-16-2016

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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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