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Posts tagged speech

February 5, 2014

 

Painted depiction of St. Francis of Assisi with lifted hands

Animals Communicate Across Species

Scientists have recently added a species of lemur to the list of animals that are capable of interspecies communication.

September 28, 2012

 

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The Origins Of Human Speech

Some researchers are now considering the hypothesis that human speech evolved not from primate sounds but more from monkey facial gestures.

January 26, 2011

 

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The Science Of Baby Babble

Sounds like "baba" and "dada" and "mama" are common to hear from a six-month old.

August 24, 2010

 

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Mmm What’cha Say? All About Verbal Shortcuts

Do you find yourself saying "Gotta" instead of "Got To?" Learn about verbal shortcuts!

March 8, 2010

 

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Speech Errors: Brain Damage, Tongue Twisters, And Children

What do brain damaged patients, adults saying tongue twisters and all children have in common?

March 5, 2010

 

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Language Construction, Tip Of The Tongue, And Speech Errors

Why is what you wanted to say on the tip of your tongue? Why do you use an incorrect word that sounds similar to the word you meant to say?

September 24, 2009

 

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Spoonerism: “Darn Boor”

What spoonerisms tell us about peech satterns, or rather, speech patterns on this Moment of Science.

May 20, 2008

 

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Why Accents Are Hard to Unlearn

Why is it so hard to disguise or unlearn an accent? You might coach a New Yorker to simply pronounce his R's--"New York," not "New Yawk"

December 26, 2007

 

"I love you" in different languages

Learning Language

Have you ever wondered why some people can learn a new language easily, but others struggle? It could be because they have a large Heschl's Gyrus.

April 16, 2007

 

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Don’t Talk Behind My Back

Did you know whispering behind someone's back rather then in front of them is better for secret telling?

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