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Released: 27-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Repeated anecdotes can make speakers less authentic
University of Georgia

Witnessing people repeat a story or anecdote leads their audience to view them as less authentic.

Newswise:Video Embedded chimpanzees-help-trace-the-evolution-of-human-speech-back-to-ancient-ancestors
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26-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Chimpanzees Help Trace the Evolution of Human Speech Back to Ancient Ancestors
University of Warwick

Chimpanzee lip-smacks exhibit a speech-like rhythm, a group of researchers led by the University of Warwick have found

Released: 26-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
High Rates of COVID-19 on American Indian Reservations – Water and Language Barriers Affect Risk
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Early in the pandemic, American Indian Reservations have experienced a disproportionately high incidence of COVID-19 infections: four times higher than in the US population, reports a study in the July/August issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The special issue of JPHMP focuses on COVID-19, with commentaries and scientific articles describing the pandemic in the United States and globally. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: New Research Will Explore Language Biases in COVID-19 Information Searches on the Internet
Released: 19-May-2020 7:10 AM EDT
New Research Will Explore Language Biases in COVID-19 Information Searches on the Internet
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, and Rutgers School of Communication and Information assistant professor, Vivek Singh, PhD, have received a National Science Foundation grant to analyze the differences in COVID-19 related online searches for English and Spanish speaking users.

Released: 18-May-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Chinese to rise as a global language
Flinders University

With the continuing rise of China as a global economic and trading power, there is no barrier to prevent Chinese from becoming a global language like English, according to Flinders University academic Dr Jeffrey Gil.

Released: 18-May-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Gestures heard as well as seen
University of Connecticut

Gesturing with the hands while speaking is a common human behavior, but no one knows why we do it. Now, a group of UConn researchers reports in the May 11 issue of PNAS that gesturing adds emphasis to speech--but not in the way researchers had thought.

Newswise: Behavioral intervention, not lovastatin, improves language skills in youth with fragile X
Released: 21-Apr-2020 8:00 PM EDT
Behavioral intervention, not lovastatin, improves language skills in youth with fragile X
UC Davis Health

A UC Davis Health study found more evidence for the efficacy of behavioral intervention in treating language problems in youth with fragile X syndrome (FXS), but none for lovastatin as a treatment for FXS.

Newswise: What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Florida Atlantic University

When discussions occur face-to-face, people know where their conversational partner is looking and vice versa. With “virtual” communication due to COVID-19 and the expansive use of mobile and video devices, now more than ever, it’s important to understand how these technologies impact communication. Where do people focus their attention? The eyes, mouth, the whole face? And how do they encode conversation? A first-of-its-kind study set out to determine whether being observed affects people’s behavior during online communication.

Newswise: Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies
23-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies
UC Davis Health

Expressive language sampling yielded five language-related outcome measures that may be useful for treatment studies in intellectual disabilities, especially fragile X syndrome. The measures were generally valid and reliable across the range of ages, IQs and autism symptom severity of participants. According to the study, led by UC Davis researchers and funded by NIH, the measures are also functional in supporting treatments that can improve language, providing far reaching benefits for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

6-Mar-2020 9:50 AM EST
Facebook Users Change Their Language Before an Emergency Hospital Visit
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The language in Facebook posts becomes less formal and invokes family more often in the lead-up to an emergency room visit.


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