For humans, there is a link between the development of language and cognitive skills. Studying the same process in dogs can be used to determine their capabilities at the puppy stage.
Vocal imitation is a key part of how humans learn to speak. New research shows that bats babble to learn and use baby talk to teach, just like people do.
Plus, why sarcasm is so difficult for children to understand – and how to help them. Listen to episode 23 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Children who started school in autumn 2020 needed more support than in previous years.
Teaching deaf babies sign language improves the success of cochlear implants – and also safeguards their long-term physical and mental health.
With caregivers’ faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they’d normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.
New research shows that babies around the world love baby talk — and when adults baby talk to them it is good for their language development.
Unparalleled elegance and versatility in the design of the human hand, and the hand’s connections with the brain, lie behind how humans learn to read and write.
Here’s what parents should look out for if they are worried about their baby’s language development.
Discovering that orangutans can communicate about things that happened in the past provides new clues to how human language evolved.
Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboos are finely tuned in to the developing minds of toddlers.
New research shows that children who are kind, supportive and understanding influence their siblings to act and behave in similar ways.
Using simple strategies, parents and teachers can help stimulate linguistic and other cognitive development in children.
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
Parents want to do everything they can to get their kids’ school year off to a good start. Here’s why talking with them is one of the best ways to do that.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don’t speak that language at home.
In Africa, standard English dominates in formal institutions. But in everyday usage it is supplanted by the continent’s abundance of languages – and the varieties of English these gave rise to.
When you read to children, they develop abilities to express emotions through language.
There’s nothing like raising an infant to help galvanise one of the greatest debates in modern linguistics.
Don’t listen to the naysayers. New ways of communicating have created a wealth of new opportunities to harness – and study – language.