language Tag

speech

Linguistics is the scientific study which analyses language by observing an interplay between sound, speech, meaning, and syllables. It applies methods to conduct studies on grammatical structures that construct and form languages. Syllables, being important components of linguistics, is a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound which forms a whole or a part of a word.   Iris Berent, a Psychology professor at Northeastern University researched...

Read More
Phonology

Communication, being an essential element of human life exhibits the structure of human language which is created by merging patterns of phonology. However, this concept is a part of a huge debate where, according to some, language is derived from a special genetic adaptation. It is only our increased knowledge combined with intelligent biological functioning that creates a structured system of language.   Iris Berent, a Psychology...

Read More
Evolution of language

Language is more than a mere means of communication. It is a part of one’s culture, heritage, ideology, and belief. What once originated as a primal need of human beings, is now connecting everything and everyone globally from the grass-root level, while changing. A hundred years ago our vocabulary contained ‘thy’, ‘thine’, and ‘thou’, whereas, today we don’t even have the time to address someone...

Read More
aliens

We humans have a simple word to greet anyone around us. Just a ‘Hi’ and we can start the conversation and take it anywhere we want. I agree that there are other greeting words, for example, ‘Hello’, but ‘Hi’ is the most basic. We can call anyone ‘hi’ across the world, but can we use this word to communicate with someone beyond this human world,...

Read More
linguists

Learning a language is a pretty interesting ability. It’s a messy business and not always do all words mean exactly what they say. Although it may seem pretty natural to the average human, it’s quite foreign to linguists who understand the minutest aspects of the words and map sentences in a way that makes sentences to understand how the brain works, how societies function, and...

Read More

Languages may differ from each other in many ways but there are certain aspects that appear to be shared across languages. These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains. A natural question then arises: are infants born with the knowledge of how human words might sound like? Iris Berent, a Psychology professor at the Northeastern University is studying how humans...

Read More
language

People are always confused about how to define themselves, even more so when it comes to others. What is even more confusing and trickier is how people with autism will define themselves. The basic question starts with - Should we say that someone is autistic? Or that they have autism? It is a basic language question. Northeastern University recently published two stories, which raised an...

Read More

When using our phones in the classroom we often hide behind our peers or put the phone in the desk to check what’s new in our Instagram feed.  But you would not have to do that in Yanat Monica Canavan’s Spanish class. She prefers student using their phones to browse Instagram and communicate in Spanish language with one another.   Canavan, an assistant academic specialist, presents the...

Read More
are

The brain is a remarkable organ. It develops, adapts, learns, and re-learns, even after being injured. Language fuels our brains, frames our thoughts and makes complex communication possible. Language is an essential component of how the brain works throughout life, but just like the brain itself, we don’t have a full picture of how language works its magic on those neural pathways, but studying bilingual...

Read More

Do you surreptitiously check your phone in your Spanish class to see who has commented on your latest Instagram post? Well! Now you can do that openly in your class as well because these days so many Spanish language teachers out there who asks their students to create Instagram profiles and post comments in Spanish in order to learn how to communicate in the language....

Read More