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Alien languages might not be that different from ours

It could be a Star Trek or Star Wars universe after all. One where a diverse set of intelligent extraterrestrial species from across the galaxies all easily communicate despite some pretty dramatic biological differences.<p>Some of the world's leading linguists argue that human languages are connected …

Linguistics

From Mouth to Mind: How Language Governs Our Perceptions of Gender

Take a second and try to talk about a person without mentioning gender. If English is your native tongue, odds are you failed. But if you had been …

Language

Kazakhstan wants Kazakh written in Latin, not Cyrillic script

RARELY has the humble apostrophe caused such commotion. Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s president, wants the punctuation symbol to play a much …

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means …

This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages

It’s been said that a language dies every 14 days—a loss that can wipe out an entire culture’s collective wisdom. Those losses are accelerating as …

George Orwell Explains How “Newspeak” Works, the Official Language of His Totalitarian Dystopia in 1984

As we noted yesterday, and you likely noticed elsewhere, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel <i>1984</i> shot to the top of the charts—or the Amazon …

Language

Bilingual Canadians more likely to value linguistic duality

A survey shows bilingual Canadians value the importance of Canada’s two official languages much more highly than those who only speak one …

A Bird’s-Eye View of Human Language and Evolution

<i>It's National Bird Day! We are celebrating with a passage by Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky from</i> Birdsong, Speech, and Language, <i>which considers the</i> …

English and Hindi fuse to make 'Hinglish' a popular language spoken in India

Forget labradoodles. The most popular hybrid you need to know about in 2017 is Hinglish.<p>It is a blend of Hindi and English that is becoming …

Language

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.<p>If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools.<p>And while it was …

Ayasofya’nın sesi Stanford’da yankılanıyor

Ayasofya’nın akustiğini dijital ortamda yaratan Stanford Üniversitesi’nden bilim insanları, dinleyicileri 1500 yıl öncesinin Ayasofya’sında bir …

An Englishman wants to know: How Swiss are you?

What does it take to become Swiss? How do you laugh like a Swiss? How should foreigners behave to become properly accepted in Swiss society? British …

The Last Word

Stories about endangered languages are far more popular than stories about emerging or hybrid languages. What does that say about us?<p>At the beginning …

Dying language brought back to life

The linguistic research of a German missionary 170 years ago is bringing an ancient Aboriginal language back to South Australian descendents.

Language

The top 9 languages for the highest-paid jobs in Britain

While this may be great for personal fulfilment, it can also prove extremely lucrative for your career opportunities.<p>Earlier this year, jobs search engine Adzuna analysed over 1 million live job postings on its website, it found out that some languages are more likely to get you a higher paid job …

Pigeons can identify words [Life Lines]

A study recently published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> provides evidence that pigeons can learn to recognize words. That is …

These words are on the dictionary’s death row

A war of words is taking place and victory will be measured not in cheers, but in silence.<p>It’s a bloody battle based on the way we speak and the …

Language

Okunduktan Sonra Ekilip Ağaç Olan Kitap

Arjantin’de okunduktan sonra ekilip ağaç haline dönüşen bir çocuk kitabı yayınlandı. “Babam Ormandaydı” (Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva) adlı çocuk …

Piktografi, İdeografi, Logografi, Hieroglif ve Sescil Yazı İmleri

Piktografi, İdeografi, Logografi, Hieroglif ve Sescil Yazı Imleri<p>Yazıya geçişten beri, yazı imlerinin yapısal özelliklerine göre verilen çeşitli …

"Song of the Human": An origin story

History gives us a long, rich account of scholarly and scientific knowledge influencing artists — and artistic works in turn affecting the reception …

Preschoolers' expectations shape how they interpret speech

When we listen to people speak, we aren't just hearing the sounds they're making, we're also actively trying to infer what they're going to say. …

What makes influential science? Telling a good story

It turns out that even in the world of scientific writing, your eighth-grade teacher was right: how you write can matter as much as what you write.<p>In …

Pop-outs: How the brain extracts meaning from noise

After priming, brain rapidly retunes to detect language patterns in formerly unintelligible speech<p>When you're suddenly able to understand someone …

Speeding up comprehension with grasping actions: Researchers discover a catalyzer for cognition

Researchers discover a catalyzer for cognition<p>Hearing or seeing a word doesn’t mean that it is immediately understood. The brain must first recognize …

The Brain

Origin Unknown | Frank Bures

Audio brought to you by curio.io, a <i>Lapham’s Quarterly</i> partner<p><b>A</b>natoly Liberman is a tall man with a slight stoop and an accent that is hard to place. …

Language

Harvard Launches Open-source Neural Machine Translation System

On December 19, 2016, a Monday, at exactly half past nine, the Twitterverse was alerted to the existence of the OpenNMT project over at the Harvard …

Makedonya'da Türkçe eğitim çalıştayı başladı

<b>Dünya Bülteni/ Haber Merkezi</b><p>Makedonya'nın başkenti Üsküp'te, "Makedonya'da Türkçe Eğitimindeki Sorunlar ve Çözüm Önerileri Çalıştayı" …

Microsoft AI: Now you can get universal language translator for groups

A new Microsoft voice-to-text application allows speakers of 60 different languages to communicate in real time, thanks to neural network-powered …

Language