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Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities?

European cities like Paris are much, much older than American cities like New York, and that age difference has led to many interesting differences …

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals

MRI scans show Chinese babies adopted by French-speaking Canadian families retain ‘unconscious’ knowledge of their mother tongue<p>“Lost” first languages leave a permanent mark on the brain, a report this week has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences …

The Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations

When we take turns speaking, we chime in after a culturally universal short gap.<p>One of the greatest human skills becomes evident during conversations. It’s there, not in what we say but in what we don’t. It’s there in the pauses, the silences, the gaps between the end of my words and the start of …

Linguistics

Where’s Me a Dog? Here’s You a Dog: The South’s Most Unusual Regionalism

Here’s you a dog! (Photo: A_Peach/Flickr)<p>Regions of America have their own grammar, just like they have their own vocabulary.<p>Ohioans, for instance, …

Parents' 'um's' and 'uh's' Help Toddlers Learn New Words, Cognitive Scientists Find

A team of cognitive scientists has good news for parents who are worried that they are setting a bad example for their children when they say "um" …

The Brain

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Linguistics