Is living in a language-rich world enough to teach a child grammatical language?
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Linguists have long considered grammar to be the glue of language, and key to how children learn it. But new prose-writing AIs suggest language experience may be more important than grammar.
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Gossip has a long history in forming social bonds, and can be an important part of the workplace.
Approach conversations with curiosity.
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Finding ways to make talking about diversity less of a confrontation and more of a dialogue is crucial.
Bumble seeks to challenge what the company calls ‘the antiquated rules of dating.’
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Dating apps like Bumble have tried to shake up the gender dynamics of dating. Some users say their efforts fall flat.
Conversation in person usually feels effortless. Conversation over video? Not so much.
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It appears that the rhythms of your brain waves get in sync with the speech patterns of the person you’re conversing with. Videoconferencing throws off that syncing process.
Sometimes facts and statistics aren’t enough to convince someone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.
Your brain may have got used to working from home, here’s how to transition back to the office.
Friends has made audiences laugh by breaching what we expect to happen when people speak.
The duration of our conversations is rarely ideal – but that’s the price we pay for social solidarity.
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Conversation analysis explains how ums and uhs facilitate communication
Scammers are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic along with the lack of clarity as to how the Track and Trace system works. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.
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.
Almost four in 10 millennials spend more time on their smartphones than they do engaging with people in real life.
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As we all become mini publishers, we are losing the interactivity that fosters meaningful and healthy social interaction.
Your minute is nearly up.
A few tips and tricks on how to make the best use of your one minute chance to get your message across.
The travelling stock routes are a precious national resource.
Australia’s iconic stock routes are now public land, used for everything from conservation to recreation. A government review may change that.
So much to say, but who’s paying attention?
We seem prepared to share our opinions on almost any subject today thanks to social media and other mass communication. But who is really listening?
The discovery that “Huh?” crops up in many languages may have won the researchers an Ig Nobel Prize. But they found much more than that in their search for the universals in language.
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Conversation is civilized speech. It is more purposeful than chatter; more humane than gossip; more intimate than debate. But it is an elusive ideal. In our verbal exchanges we often flip from one topic…