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Toddlers ‘Surprisingly Sophisticated’ at Understanding Unfamiliar Accents

A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before.

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U.Va. Students Pursue the Pleasures of Multilingualism

Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nishat Jabin’s first language was Bengali. But one of her great pleasures was watching English-language cartoons. She ranks “Tom and Jerry,” “Hey Arnold!” and “Scooby-Doo” among her childhood favorites.

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Experts Comment on Role of Women, Language Issue in Ukraine Protests

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Language of Love: Matching Conjunctions, Pronouns Could Spell a Match Better than Good Looks and Fast Cars

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Hooking up people using similar phrases, according to one Texas Tech University researcher.

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Digital Music Director Invents Therapeutic Device

On his way to creating a digital accordion, SUNY Buffalo State assistant music professor J. Tomás Henriques stumbled upon a device with unique therapeutic applications that he envisions using to treat speech and hearing disorders and memory loss, among other things.

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Speech Means Using Both Sides of Our Brain

We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity. The results also offer insights into addressing speech-related inhibitions caused by stroke or injury and lay the groundwork for better rehabilitation methods.

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Babbling Babies – Responding to One-on-One 'Baby Talk' – Master More Words

Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. Now new findings show that what spurs early language development isn't so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs.

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Beatboxing Poses Little Risk of Injury to Voice

You might think that beatboxing, with its harsh, high-energy percussive sounds, would be harder on the voice than the sweet song of a soprano. But according to new research by voice expert Dr. H. Steven Sims of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, beatboxing may actually be gentler on the injury-prone vocal cords. His findings were published Dec. 23 online in the Journal of Voice.

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The Value of a Speech

A new study by a University of Iowa researcher finds that stocks post better returns when they’re based in states where the governor strikes an upbeat tone in his or her state of the state address to the legislature.

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"Valley Girl" Dialect Expanding to Males

The American English speech variant known as uptalk, or "Valley Girl speak" – marked by a rise in pitch at the ends of sentences – is typically associated with young southern Californian females. New research shows uptalk is expanding to other demographic groups, including males.

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