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Human brain isn’t so special, neurobiologist says

Human brain isn’t so special, neurobiologist saysMark Changizi says there’s no “special sauce” in the human brain. Instead, he argues that…

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2 Sep 24, 2011
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The Secret Life of Pronouns

Think on KERAWhat can be gleaned about a person by the words they choose in conversations, emails and text messages? We’ll find out this ho…

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1 Sep 7, 2011
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What Language Is

Think on KERAWhat makes a language genuine and how is the accelerating rate of linguistic change affecting the ongoing debate over how we c…

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2 Sep 5, 2011
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The Cultural Evolution of Words and Other Thinking Tools

A short and interesting paper by Daniel Dennett. PDF attached.  - Dallas   The Cultural Evolution of Words and Other Thinking Tools The eme…

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2 Jul 14, 2011
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NSFW: Steven Pinker - The Language of Swearing

NSFW for explicit language.  

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3 Jun 28, 2011
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From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk

From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk Most of us do it every day without even thinking about it, yet talking is a uniquely human a…

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2 May 25, 2011
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Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language

I watched this last week. It was an interesting 5-part series, but only a cursury introduction to language and linguistic theory. Much of t…

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0 Dec 29, 2010

HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK?

I encountered this article as I searched for cultures that didn't use the concept of "left" and "right". This is the case for an aboriginal…

Started by Andrew Mylko

1 Dec 22, 2010
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A Click of the Tongue: Ultrasound Translates Dying Languages

A Click of the Tongue: Ultrasound Translates Dying Languages Linguists have found a new application for ultrasound—decoding dying languages…

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0 Dec 22, 2010

How Reading Rewires the Brain

How Reading Rewires the Brain Written language poses a puzzle for neuroscientists. Unlocking the meaning in a string of symbols requires…

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0 Nov 17, 2010

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