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Neanderthals Had the Capacity for Human Communication
neanderthal communication
History
Neanderthals Had the Capacity for Human Communication
Neanderthals appear to have had the capacity to hear verbal language, suggesting that modern human communication has ancient roots.
March 6, 2021

Neanderthals appear to have had the capacity to hear verbal language, suggesting that modern human communication has ancient roots.

Coronavirus
The Pandemic Is Forcing Sign Language to Evolve
sign language during pandemic
Coronavirus
The Pandemic Is Forcing Sign Language to Evolve
Sign language users are adapting to the limitations of video conferencing platforms, which have become more popular due to the pandemic.
March 6, 2021

Sign language users are adapting to the limitations of video conferencing platforms, which have become more popular due to the pandemic.

Languages
Bringing Lost Languages Back To Life With AI
Lost Languages
Languages
Bringing Lost Languages Back To Life With AI
An algorithm that can identify the closest living relatives of lost languages could help linguists unlock the meaning of ancient texts.
October 25, 2020

An algorithm that can identify the closest living relatives of lost languages could help linguists unlock the meaning of ancient texts.

Neuroscience
Nerve-Stimulating Earbud Could Accelerate Language Learning
Vagus Nerve Stimulation Device
Neuroscience
Nerve-Stimulating Earbud Could Accelerate Language Learning
A non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation device can make language learning easier — and it might help with other types of learning, too.
August 10, 2020

A non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation device can make language learning easier — and it might help with other types of learning, too.

Global Impact
Conversations with Refugees
Conversations with Refugees
Global Impact
Conversations with Refugees
Aline Sara is changing the conversation around what it means to be a refugee by talking — literally. Through her...
January 1, 2020

Aline Sara is changing the conversation around what it means to be a refugee by talking — literally. Through her startup, NaTakallam (Arabic for "we talk"), Aline pairs refugees with people from other countries who want to learn their language. The "conversation partners" chat over Whatsapp or Skype to improve their Arabic or Spanish. But Aline says that people gain more than just language skills: it is foreign language...

Missing Words
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
Missing Words
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
Volunteers worldwide are documenting the world's rarest languages in a project called Wikitongues.
September 18, 2019

Volunteers worldwide are documenting the world's rarest languages in a project called Wikitongues. Over a thousand volunteers (and counting) from around the world make videos of people speaking their native language — introducing themselves, providing an oral history, or just talking about their culture — then upload it to an online database. The archive is available on the web as a free language encyclopedia. Soon they will also be available at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Languages
Is This the End of Language Barriers?
Is This the End of Language Barriers?
Watch Now
Languages
Is This the End of Language Barriers?
What if you could travel anywhere in the world and there was no language barrier?
Watch Now
March 7, 2018

Real-time translation seeks to break down all language barriers in the world. Several tech companies believe they are on the verge of making this a reality through new devices such as Google's Pixel Bud headphones, which can translate up to 40 languages in one to two seconds. While the technology is still a work in progress, Google and others hope it might not be long before such technologies can help connect the world...