Atkinson studied the phonemes, or the perceptually distinct units of sound that differentiate words, used in 504 human languages
today and found that the number of phonemes is highest in Africa and decreases with increasing distance from Africa.
com) will host its 2008 Government Users Conference on May 20-21, bringing together experts in human language
technology (HLT), document and media exploitation (DOMEX), digital forensics, and linguist productivity.
In contrast, other researchers have argued that early noun-advantage is not a universal feature of human language
but rather a consequence of the particular language being acquired.
This is the first demonstration of how infants' keen observational skills, when augmented by human language
, heighten their acuity for 'reading' the underlying intentions of their 'tutors' (adults) and foster infants' imitation of adults' actions," she stated.
The mystery of the origins of human language
, however, can only be solved if we look at the bigger picture and also consider the complexity of the communication systems of other animal groups," Pika said.
According to the report, Human Language
Technologies for Europe (http://www.
London, Dec 12 (ANI): Scientists may be a step closer to understanding the origins of human language
Washington, November 17 (ANI): A new study of right-handed chimpanzees is providing clues to scientists about the origin of the human language
of New Mexico) argue that gestures are the basis for the evolution of human language
, like any complex biological ability, evolved through natural selection, propose psychologists Steven Pinker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and Paul Bloom of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Washington, July 31 (ANI): The law of brevity in human language
, according to which the most frequently-used words tend to be the shortest, also extends to other animal species, especially dolphins, British scientists have shown.
But scientists have come up with a n umber of indirect approaches, including the study of marks left by the brain on the inside of fossil skulls, the use of the jaw and skull base as an index of speech ability and the comparison of brain-cell circuits controlling modern human language
with those orchestrating the vocal calls of monkeys.