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Released: 26-Jan-2023 4:15 PM EST
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Released: 24-Jan-2023 9:00 AM EST
Students lacking language skills will miss out on jobs - new report
University of Portsmouth

British students wanting to get ahead in the world of work should be studying an additional language.

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Released: 20-Jan-2023 2:55 PM EST
The Link Between Language and Vision
University of Delaware

For a translator to turn one language (say, English) into another (say, Greek), she has to be able to understand both languages and what common meanings they point to, because English is not very similar to Greek.

Released: 17-Jan-2023 10:05 AM EST
American University Expert Available to Comment on ChatGPT and Impacts of AI on Human Writing
American University

What: With Open AI’s launch of ChatGPT on November 30, heightened concerns are swirling about the practical problem teachers will face in detecting when an AI text-generation tool has been used for a writing assignment. While this a major concern, with the advancement of ChatGPT, there are many other issues facing both educators and anyone who writes.

   
Released: 13-Jan-2023 7:45 PM EST
How your mood affects the way you process language
University of Arizona

When people are in a negative mood, they may be quicker to spot inconsistencies in things they read, a new University of Arizona-led study suggests.

Released: 6-Jan-2023 12:05 PM EST
Speech analysis can help measure diagnosis, severity, and onset of mental illness
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Objective measurement of psychiatric disorders has long proved challenging. Yet, there is ample evidence that analysis of speech patterns can accurately diagnose depression and psychosis, measure their severity, and predict their onset, according to a literature review featured in the January/February issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

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Released: 6-Jan-2023 11:05 AM EST
Place names are important for understanding history
University of Agder

Preserving place names keeps history alive and helps new generations to understand it, says Vidar Haslum, Associate Professor at the Department of Nordic and Media Studies at the University of Agder.

Released: 4-Jan-2023 5:25 PM EST
Primary language of mothers linked to continued breastfeeding during NICU hospitalization
Boston University School of Medicine

Very-low-birthweight (VLBW) infants are at substantially higher risk for chronic health problems and neurodevelopmental disabilities compared with full term infants.

Released: 29-Dec-2022 1:15 PM EST
Singing supports stroke rehabilitation
University of Helsinki

Language function and the psychosocial wellbeing of patients and their families can be promoted with singing-based rehabilitation. Group intervention provides opportunities for peer support while being simultaneously cost effective.

Newswise: New Program Advances Bilingual Diabetes Education on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Released: 20-Dec-2022 3:30 PM EST
New Program Advances Bilingual Diabetes Education on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, Healthy Paso Del Norte reported that in El Paso, where nearly 82% of the population is Hispanic or Latino, 16.9% were diagnosed with diabetes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Hispanics were 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes in 2018, and Hispanic adults are 70 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes.

14-Dec-2022 4:20 PM EST
Orangutan communication sheds light on human speech origins
University of Warwick

Research finds orangutans communicate using a complex repertoire of consonant-like calls, more so than African apes.

Newswise: “Gowajee” — a Thai Speech-Recognition AI from Chula
Released: 19-Dec-2022 8:55 AM EST
“Gowajee” — a Thai Speech-Recognition AI from Chula
Chulalongkorn University

An engineering professor from Chula has designed “Gowajee”, a Thai-language speech recognition AI capable of delivering speech-to-text/ text-to-speech with the accuracy of a native speaker while keeping users’ data secure. Having been rolled out in call centers, and depression patients screening process, Gowajee is set to be adapted to many other functions.

Released: 16-Dec-2022 12:30 PM EST
Saint Louis University School of Education Announces Partnership with 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee
Saint Louis University

As part of its commitment to promote youth education in the St. Louis community, Saint Louis University’s School of Education is proud to announce it is an official 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee regional partner to give local students and schools the opportunity to participate in America’s longest-running educational competition.

Released: 12-Dec-2022 5:05 PM EST
New research finds that social group values are most readable in the way we write
University of Exeter

Analysing the style of language used by social groups could offer insight into their values and principles that goes beyond what they publicly say about themselves.

Newswise: Baby Seals Show Off Vocal Skills #ASA183
2-Dec-2022 2:35 PM EST
Baby Seals Show Off Vocal Skills #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Studying whether animals possess additional language-related skills can help us understand what it takes to learn speech and reveal the history of its evolution. Andrea Ravignani and colleagues studied seal pups' vocal plasticity, or how well they can adjust their own voices to compensate for their environment, and found that seal pups can change the pitch and volume of their voices, much like humans can. Ravignani will discuss his work linking vocal learning with vocal plasticity and rhythmic capacity at the 183rd ASA Meeting.

Newswise: Improving Child Development by Monitoring Noisy Day Cares #ASA183
1-Dec-2022 4:00 PM EST
Improving Child Development by Monitoring Noisy Day Cares #ASA183
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

At the 183rd ASA Meeting, Kenton Hummel will describe how soundscape research in day cares can improve child and provider outcomes and experiences. He and his team collaborated with experts in engineering, sensing, early child care, and health to monitor three day care centers for 48-hour periods. High noise levels and long periods of loud fluctuating sound can negatively impact children and staff by increasing the effort it takes to communicate. In contrast, a low background noise level allows for meaningful speech, which is essential for language, brain, cognitive, and social/emotional development.

   
Released: 6-Dec-2022 2:35 PM EST
The universal sound of swearing across languages
Springer

Swear words across different languages may tend to lack certain sounds such as l, r, and w, suggests research published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Released: 5-Dec-2022 4:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Singers’ genre may play role in voice injuries
Released: 5-Dec-2022 3:05 PM EST
Singers’ genre may play role in voice injuries
UT Southwestern Medical Center

A singer’s primary genre can impact the likelihood of developing vocal fold injury and may even influence the specific type of injury that occurs, a recent study by UT Southwestern researchers suggests.

Released: 30-Nov-2022 12:50 PM EST
More needs to be done to improve uptake of interpreting services in primary care settings
University of Surrey

People who do not speak English well often ask friends and family to translate for them when accessing their GP practice, finds a new study from the University of Surrey.

   
Released: 22-Nov-2022 11:10 AM EST
NIH-Funded Study Uses AI to Improve Language for Children with Cochlear Implants
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A new multicenter study will use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze pre-surgical brain MRI scans to predict individual-level language outcomes in English- and Spanish-learning children up to four years after cochlear implantation. The long-term goal of the research is to customize therapy to maximize children’s hearing and language ability after receiving a cochlear implant.

   
Released: 21-Nov-2022 11:50 AM EST
Laundry Luv and LaundryCares Foundation Work to Bridge Literacy Gap Throughout Greater Abilene
LaundryCares Foundation

The LaundryCares Foundation welcomes the community of Abilene, Texas to experience a Free Laundry and Literacy Day event at Laundry Luv on Wednesday, December 7.

Released: 15-Nov-2022 2:05 AM EST
Brain-machine interface device predicts internal speech
California Institute of Technology

New Caltech research is showing how devices implanted into people’s brains, called brain-machine interfaces (BMIs), could one day help patients who have lost their ability to speak.

Released: 14-Nov-2022 10:35 AM EST
From Malawi to the world - a new grassroots glossary to improve communications in international development work
University of Portsmouth

A new project aims to improve communications between communities and those involved in international development work.

Newswise: FAU Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Improve Pre-K English Proficiency
Released: 8-Nov-2022 8:30 AM EST
FAU Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Improve Pre-K English Proficiency
Florida Atlantic University

“PRAISE, Preparing for Readiness and Academic Improvement for pre-School English Learners.” PRAISE is designed to improve the quality of instruction for English language learners and enhance educators’ ability to support preschool English language learners’ readiness for kindergarten. FAU is one of 44 institutions nationwide selected to receive this grant in 2022.

Released: 7-Nov-2022 12:30 PM EST
Our brains “time-stamp” sounds to process the words we hear
New York University

Our brains “time-stamp” the order of incoming sounds, allowing us to correctly process the words that we hear, shows a new study by a team of psychology and linguistics researchers.

Newswise: Leadership Online: Charisma Matters Most in Video Communication
Released: 6-Nov-2022 3:05 AM EST
Leadership Online: Charisma Matters Most in Video Communication
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Managers need to make a consistent impression in order to motivate and inspire people, and that applies even more to video communication than to other digital channels. That is the result of a study by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They investigated the influence that charismatic leadership tactics used in text, audio and video communication channels have on employee performance. They focused on mobile work and the gig economy, in which jobs are flexibly assigned to freelancers via online platforms. The results of the study have been published in The Leadership Quarterly. (DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2022.101631)

   
Newswise: In Their Own Words: Patients, Families Describe Major Medical Treatments
27-Oct-2022 12:35 PM EDT
In Their Own Words: Patients, Families Describe Major Medical Treatments
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Researchers with University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing analyzed the comments in open-ended responses from a survey about making decisions on major medical treatments to gain insight into the words used by patients and families and how they conceptualize the various treatments.

Newswise: Preventing Drowning by Improving Beach Safety Signage
Released: 30-Oct-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Preventing Drowning by Improving Beach Safety Signage
University of Adelaide

A new study by a University of Adelaide researcher has recommended improvements to beach safety signage, which could prevent drownings in the future.

   
Released: 26-Oct-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Automatic Text Simplification: Efficacy in the Foreign Language Classroom
Pusan National University

For students learning a second or foreign language, text is often simplified to ensure that they can comprehend it well enough to understand the core message.

   
Newswise: Seals Have a Sense of Rhythm
Released: 26-Oct-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Seals Have a Sense of Rhythm
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Why are we such chatty, musical animals? Evolutionary biologists think that our capacities for speech and music may be linked: only animals that can learn new vocalisations—such as humans and songbirds—seem to have a sense of rhythm.

Newswise: Nestling Birds Recognize Their Local Song ‘Dialect’
Released: 25-Oct-2022 4:15 PM EDT
Nestling Birds Recognize Their Local Song ‘Dialect’
Stockholm University

A recent study, published in Current Biology, led by researchers at Stockholm University and Uppsala University, has shown that juvenile songbirds react to hearing the songs they will eventually produce as adults, even when they are as young as 12 days old.

Released: 25-Oct-2022 1:10 PM EDT
Cat Got Your Tongue: Cats Distinguish Between Speech Directed at Them and Humans
Springer

A small study has found that cats may change their behaviour when they hear their owner’s voice talking in a tone directed to them, the cats, but not when hearing the voice of a stranger or their owner’s voice directed at another person.

Newswise: BGSU Research Explores Reasons for – and Possible Solutions to – Widespread World Language Educator Shortage
24-Oct-2022 12:00 PM EDT
BGSU Research Explores Reasons for – and Possible Solutions to – Widespread World Language Educator Shortage
Bowling Green State University

New research finds the No. 1 reason world language educators chose their path was due to a world language teacher they had in high school, suggesting recruitment of these educators will be paramount in confronting shortages

Released: 20-Oct-2022 4:50 PM EDT
Gene study identifies series of DNA variants linked to dyslexia
University of Edinburgh

Scientists have for the first time pinpointed a large number of genes that are reliably associated with dyslexia.

Released: 20-Oct-2022 12:20 PM EDT
World Language: Initiative to Spotlight Korean Linguistics on a Global Stage
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A new three-year grant for more than $200,000 from the South Korean government will help spotlight the Korean language and its impact both in the region and larger world.

Released: 7-Oct-2022 5:45 PM EDT
How the mother's mood influences her baby's ability to speak
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Up to 70 percent of mothers develop postnatal depressive mood, also known as baby blues, after their baby is born. Analyses show that this can also affect the development of the children themselves and their speech.

Released: 27-Sep-2022 2:10 PM EDT
The latest research and expert commentary on guns and violence
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Released: 23-Sep-2022 2:05 PM EDT
New research throws doubt on old ideas of how hearing works
Linkoping University

The way in which we experience music and speech differs from what has until now been believed.

Newswise: Drumming in woodpeckers is neurologically similar to singing in songbirds
13-Sep-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Drumming in woodpeckers is neurologically similar to singing in songbirds
PLOS

The woodpecker forebrain contains specialized pecking-related regions that resemble those associated with song and language systems.

Released: 8-Sep-2022 12:20 PM EDT
Preferred Language Associated with Delayed ACL Surgery in Children, Teens
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, a type of knee injury that usually occurs during sports, is becoming more common among children and teenagers. When surgery is recommended for children and teenagers with an injury to the ACL, the operation should be done promptly. But children and teenagers whose parents principally speak a language other than English are at doubled risk of delayed surgery, according to a study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® (CORR®), a publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

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Released: 7-Sep-2022 5:05 AM EDT
John Baugh on African American English & his role in new African American English Dictionary
Washington University in St. Louis

The increasing demand for electric vehicles and cell phones has accelerated the need for safer energy storage after numerous instances of commercial lithium-ion batteries overheating and catching fire. Peng Bai, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St.

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Released: 2-Sep-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Ancient DNA Offers New Insights into the Origins and Spread of Languages and Populations Across the Southern Arc
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Analyzing DNA from the remains of hundreds of ancient humans across West Asia, the Balkans, Greece, present-day Turkey, and other regions, scientists have revealed surprising migrations that illuminate human history and led to the languages billions of people speak today.

Released: 22-Aug-2022 11:05 AM EDT
A Person’s True Feelings Can Be Revealed in Language Patterns
University of Oregon

What someone says out loud about a group of people and how they actually feel about them aren’t always the same thing, but a person’s true sentiments about other groups of people can be revealed by the language patterns they use in describing their feelings. That’s one of the key findings from a new study by David Markowitz, an assistant professor in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

Newswise: Clinical trial at UC Davis aims to develop new methods to restore speech with brain-computer interface
Released: 19-Aug-2022 1:10 PM EDT
Clinical trial at UC Davis aims to develop new methods to restore speech with brain-computer interface
UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health is recruiting people for a clinical trial, BrainGate2, with the goal of building a “neurological prosthesis” for restoring speech to people who have lost — or are losing — the ability to speak due to injuries like stroke or diseases like ALS.

Newswise: Text Messages and Emojis: Do They Enrich Our Language or Denigrate It?
Released: 17-Aug-2022 9:05 PM EDT
Text Messages and Emojis: Do They Enrich Our Language or Denigrate It?
University of South Australia

A new book co-authored by a University of South Australia academic gives an insight into how text messaging – celebrating its 30th birthday this year – has been driven by technology and young people.

Released: 17-Aug-2022 1:15 PM EDT
Preschoolers with Larger Vocabulary Before They Begin Education, Perform Better in Class – Study Shows
Taylor & Francis

Children who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills do better in class, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Early Education and Development. The findings based on 900 four-year-olds from eight US states show how a child’s ability to engage with teachers and peers is affected by the range of words they know.

Newswise: Simplified Voice Box Enriches Human Speech
Released: 11-Aug-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Simplified Voice Box Enriches Human Speech
Kyoto University

The evolution of the human larynx contributed to the stable voices we use to communicate. The morphological changes do not include the addition of structures but rather the loss of specific vocal folds or cords in the larynx, providing a stable voice quality and controllable voice pitch used when singing or speaking.

   

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