Before there was the word, there was the meaning of sound.
Whether you break an egg or break into dance, our brain handles the word “break” the same.
That’s about the same size as…. 3 high-resolution memes or one-tenth of a second of video in 1080p.
Softer food gave humans an overbite that made it easier to produce “v” and “f” sounds.
Oui oui, tres bien!
When one utters, the other listens — and such is the case in most animals too.
Magpies? Check. Throwing orange balls at magpies? Check. Grated cheese? Check. I love this study.
We’re far more likely to use slow-down sounds before nouns than verbs.
An adorable monkey’s ‘ekks’ and ‘tsiks’ might teach how speech evolved.
Human speech may have been born out of cave art.
Languages with large vocabularies, such as Mandarin or English, are simpler grammatically, as opposed to complex languages which possess reduced lexicon.
Booze to the rescue! Just don’t overindulge.
The language we use really does influence what our brains are doing.
Exposure to a foreign language even at a meager age of six months can stick with you well into adulthood.
The pen is mightier than the clock too, it seems.
Turns out they argue. A lot.
In the hippocampus — which is weird, because we didn’t think it had anything to do with talking.
There are as many colours as you can name. In some cultures, like Africa’s Himba tribe, they can only name five colours, for instance.
Humans have a surprising tendency to use the same sounds for the same objects — across language barriers.
Analysists from Grammarly looked at all the general election debate transcripts since the 1960s word for word and found Presidential candidates have greatly simplified their language since.