Purposely holding your tongue when you meet someone new likely won’t help make a good impression.
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The common advice to let the other person talk more might backfire if you want to make a positive first impression.
Humans are the only animals that express their thoughts in full sentences.
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A language scientist explains that talking was never invented but has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.
Bruce Willis has announced he is stepping away from acting.
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The ‘Die Hard’ actor is suffering from a communications disorder that affects 2 million Americans.
‘The Gossip’ (ca. 1922) by American painter William Penhallow Henderson.
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A series of experiments explored the seemingly radical idea that opening up to strangers can be deeply satisfying.
From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus.
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Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.
The change in CDC guidance comes in response to new research on how the new coronavirus can spread.
The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a face covering when they go into a public place. But there’s confusion about why and if this protects the wearer, people around them or both.
Facing up to phone interruptions.
The experience that babies get from eavesdropping on their mother’s conversations in utero helps their brain tune into the language that they will learn to speak once they are born.
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Using a sing song voice helps babies tell the difference between words like ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’.
If the goal is to communicate, why should the speaker bear all the burden?
It can be hard to understand a non-native speaker of your own language. But conversation is a two-way street and linguists are figuring out how native listeners can improve their half of the interaction.
No longer do we need to talk with shop assistants, receptionists, bus drivers or even coworkers, we simply engage with a screen to communicate whatever it is we want to say.
One of the ways we work out what proto-language might have been like is by looking at languages which have developed from nothing in recent times. One of the best examples is Nicaraguan Sign Language.
In the space of a few short years, deaf Nicaraguan school children created their own language. This example may give us a clue about how spoken language developed over thousands of years.
Our research supports the idea that human speech abilities comes down to our brain power.
How to talk to people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Phone calls create an opportunity for genuine exchange that written communication lacks.
The internet has revolutionised communication, but voice calls are declining in some demographics. And that means we may be losing out on a powerful part of what connects us to each other.
Children’s imaginations around events can be even more frightening than reality.