Why the language-ready brain is so complex

The capacity for language is distinctly human. It allows us to communicate, learn things, create culture, and think better. Because of its complexity, scientists have long struggled to understand the neurobiology of language. In the classical view, there are two major language areas in the left half of our brain. Broca's area (in the frontal [...]

By |2019-10-04T12:19:47+00:00October 4th, 2019|Brain, Language, Neurobiology|0 Comments

How does your brain pick one word from 50,000 in 0.6 seconds?

A Bangor University expert believes the constant battle for prominence between words like "cat" and "dog" could help to explain. Dr Gary Oppenheim, of the university's Language Production Lab, is working to reveal the "algorithms and architectures" behind vocabulary. So he has built a computer system which aims to mimic human word production and "learns [...]

By |2016-04-06T12:55:45+00:00April 6th, 2016|Brain, Language, Words|0 Comments

Hardwiring languages in the brain

The first language you hear as a baby, even if only for a very brief period, seems to “hardwire” your brain. New research from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute shows that traces of early speech recognition patterns remain even many years later. Fred Genesee (PhD) is professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology [...]

In A Turkish Village, A Conversation With Whistles, Not Words

In a remote mountain village high above Turkey's Black Sea coast, there are villagers who still communicate across valleys by whistling. Not just whistling as in a non-verbal, "Hey, you!" But actually using what they call their "bird language," Turkish words expressed as a series of piercing whistles. The village is Kuskoy, and it's inhabited [...]

By |2015-09-28T13:09:06+00:00September 28th, 2015|Brain, Endangered Languages, Turkey, Whistle language|0 Comments