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Welcome to MAY! languages linguistics May 04, 2022

Welcome to May – hopefully it's the start of the summer here in the UK!

Have you noticed that the word for May is very similar in many...

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Languages are better than ANY available drug for delaying dementia symptoms languages linguistics Feb 17, 2022

Did you know languages help delay the onset of dementia by upto 4 years on average by increasing your ‘COGNITIVE RESERVE’ .

Your...

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"It's raining cats & dogs!" languages linguistics Feb 15, 2022

"It's raining cats and dogs" is the theme of the day in the UK. But where does this peculiar saying come from?

According to omniglot.com (a most...

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The bilingual advantage - taking a closer look child development language acquisition languages linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Does being bilingual make you cleverer?

The science of bilingualism is relatively new, with ever-evolving parameters as neuroscience, behavioural...

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Can monkeys learn to speak? language acquisition linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Have you heard of 'the chimp wars'? Whether or not humans and apes share some of the same language-learning mechanisms is a hotly debated topic.

A...

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Have you heard of translanguaging and wondered what it really means? languages linguistics Apr 20, 2021

Translanguaging is an increasingly popular buzzword in education, but what does it really entail? How can monolingual teachers make use of their...

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How do babies learn what words mean? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 29, 2021

By 12 months, babies understand about 50 words (Fenson et al., 1994) and by age 6 a typically developing child knows between 9,000 and 14,000...

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Did you know babies cry in different languages? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 23, 2021

Ever wondered why we can identify our own baby's cry amongst others? Some fascinating research I've been reading about at uni this month has a...

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If adults speak so quickly (averaging 150 words per minute!) how do babies ever pick it up? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 16, 2021

Far from being confounded by the slew of sounds they hear from birth (and even before), babies are slowly and carefully piecing together evidence...

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Let's explore "semilingualism" and why this term is no longer used. language acquisition linguistics Mar 02, 2021

Let's talk about the damaging and redundant term 'semilingualism' that has cropped up around social media recently.

You might have heard it? Sounds...

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The more languages, the better? Hmmmm maybe... child development language acquisition linguistics Feb 24, 2021

Yes, Babel Babies is a multilingual programme, but that's not to say that children can learn infinite languages simultaneously, or that a...

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Are children who mix their languages confused? Let's explore this child development language acquisition languages linguistics Feb 17, 2021

There is so much confusion around mixing languages, and it worries me that parents and children are often left feeling ashamed of this very...

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