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Speech Gene Shows Its Bossy Nature

Of the 20,000 genes in the human genome, few are more fascinating than FOXP2, a gene that underlies the faculty of human speech.

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Newborns may start honing their mother tongue with their first cries

The cry of newborn babies may seem like nothing more than inescapable shrills, but they could be infants' first attempts to imitate the language they hear while in the womb.

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Rare Procedure Pinpoints the Location, Speed and Sequence of the Brain's Language Processes

Rare Procedure Pinpoints the Location, Speed and Sequence of the Brain's Language Processes

Thanks to an unusual opportunity to implant electrodes into the brains of alert adults, researchers have described the
sequence and timing of distinct steps in language processing to a finer degree than previous methods have allowed. [more...]

 

A Language of Smiles

A Language of Smiles

The mere act of smiling is often enough to lift your mood; conversely, the act of frowning can lower it. Do some languages contain an intrinsic bias towards pulling happy faces? In other words, do some languages predispose — in a subtle way — their speakers to be merrier than the speakers of other languages? [more...]

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