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The Input vs. Output Debate: John’s 2¢

The Input vs. Output Debate: John’s 2¢

While most fluent foreign language speakers tend to agree on the vast majority of language learning DOs and DON’Ts, there is one area that always seems to cause heated debate: the importance of language input (i.e. listening and reading) versus language output (i.e. speaking and writing).

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Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

The brain can learn a new word in less than 15 minutes, according to scientists, whose finding will rob many of the excuse that they can’t learn a foreign language. All one needs to do is listen to a word 160 times over that period, found Cambridge neuroscientists.

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Polyglots Might Have Multiple Personalities

Polyglots Might Have Multiple Personalities

The authors argue that personalities are not fixed. Instead the language a person is speaking—and with whom—can lead individuals to take on the personality traits of the culture associated with that language or person.

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Language Universality Idea Tested with Biology Method

Language Universality Idea Tested with Biology Method

A long-standing idea that human languages share universal features that are dictated by human brain structure has been cast into doubt.

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TED | The linguistic genius of babies

At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

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Dog Might Provide Clues on How Language Is Acquired

Dog Might Provide Clues on How Language Is Acquired

Chaser, a border collie who lives in Spartanburg, S.C., has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. She knows 1,022 nouns, a record that displays unexpected depths of the canine mind and may help explain how children acquire language.

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