Could "lost languages" influence brain development? Recent findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) examine how a person's mother tongue could carry crucial neural patterns that exist even if the child stops learning the language.
What do humans and sparrows have in common? They both make sense of sound in the same way.
Neuroscientists may have just found the origins of language; they've discovered that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may have been key to humans' unique ability to produce and understand speech.
Scientists have found that thriving economies are the biggest factor in the disappearance of minority languages and that conservation should focus on the most developed countries where languages are disappearing the fastest.
Being exposed to two languages in infancy may not just be good for learning a second language. It also may help children in the future.
It turns out that animals may have more complicated "speech" patterns than once thought. Scientists have found that the calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, may contain more language-like structure than previously thought.
The "twinning effect"--a language phenomenon that can disadvantage some twins as opposed to their single-born counterparts--can result in developmental delays. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research found that the issue was more common among identic...
Long before your baby is actually speaking, he or she is probably practicing language. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that the brains of 7- and 11- or 12-month-olds are busy concocting what they will say in the future.
For toddlers, learning basic words and the beginnings of sentence structures starts a whole new world into language. A new study, published in the journal Language Learning and Development, examines how "packaging" certain verbs into sentences can play a key role in influencing a child's vocabulary.
A recent study shows that using a foreign language can help many take a more utilitarian approach to moral dilemmas.