Computer tutor

17 Jun 2015

Millions of English language tests are taken each year by non-native English speakers. Researchers at Cambridge’s ALTA Institute are building ‘computer tutors’ to help learners prepare for the exam that could change their lives. 

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Your languages, your future

07 Nov 2014

Research shows that children who speak more than one language have an advantage over their monolingual playmates when it comes to communication, understanding and social interaction. But the benefits go even further if children can be encouraged to take a formal qualification, such as a GCSE, as this short film describes.

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Early example of the Welsh word for not (dim, line 5) in the 14th-century Mabinogion

It's 'not' history

09 Mar 2012

University of Cambridge linguists have pieced together the curious evolving history of the word 'not' across the languages of Europe. In doing so, they suggest that overuse of words such as 'literally' may be a natural linguistic development.

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Categorising textual information

Mining the language of science

18 Nov 2011

Scientists are developing a computer that can read vast amounts of scientific literature, make connections between facts and develop hypotheses.

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Word beads

How languages are built

08 Nov 2011

A team of Cambridge linguists has embarked on an ambitious project to identify how the languages of the world are built – from Inuit Yupik to sub-Saharan Bantu, from Navajo to Nepalese.

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