How are learning languages and music linked?

How are learning languages and music linked? {0}

“In a recent study, American researcher Reyna Gordon and her collaborators found that children’s perception of rhythm also has a significant influence on their use of different morphological and syntactic features, such as the use of verbs in the past tense.” Read more here.

Bilingualism: A Solution to Ignoring Distractions

Bilingualism: A Solution to Ignoring Distractions {0}

Speaking of brain bodybuilding, researchers from Anglia Ruskin University have found evidence that bilingual individuals (and bilingual in this case has a strong emphasis on knowing both languages, as opposed to barely being able to speak the second language) are better able to answer tricky questions with a noisy background. Contributing to the literature investigating(…)

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says”

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says” {0}

This recent Time article written by Melissa Locker reports the results of a language-related study and then suggests possible implications. The study described compared three groups of girls in Montreal: one group spoke only French fluently, one group spoke French and Chinese fluently, and the other was composed of girls born in China but raised(…)

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences {0}

We pick up on pronunciation differences between U.S. regions all the time. For example, how do you pronounce the liquid you pour over your pancakes? What do you call a sweet, carbonated beverage? Find out if you identify with your state’s patterns as shown by these interesting maps.   http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1

Are Bilingual People like Brain Bodybuilders?

Are Bilingual People like Brain Bodybuilders? {0}

Scientists have talked frequently about the “bilingualism advantage” — which is the ability of bilingual people to better filter out important information from unimportant information. A new study at the University of Houston investigated the brain activations of bilingual and monolingual people in response to an identification task. What they found was that bilingual people(…)

Your Fish Has Got Away: Technology and Minority Languages

Your Fish Has Got Away: Technology and Minority Languages {0}

Have you ever noticed the specificity of the language options available on your smartphone? What if this technology migrated to countries where the language is shaped by lifestyles of farming, fishing, and livestock?