The ability of children to speak any two dialects – two closely related varieties of the same language – may confer the same cognitive advantages as those reported for multilingual children who speak two or more substantially different languages (such as English and French).
The University of Cambridge is to launch a major new research project to study the benefits of multilingualism to individuals and society, and transform attitudes to languages in the UK, as part of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative.
A web-based machine language system solves crossword puzzles far better than commercially-available products, and may help machines better understand language.
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few”: Could phrases like this hold clues about universal grammar?16 Dec 2015
A new research project examining a linguistic construction called the Verb Second constraint could, academics believe, help to explain how people acquire language.
Research into a ‘playful’ and increasingly popular urban language that grew out of the necessity for criminals to hide their true intent could help organisations in Uganda communicate better with the country’s huge young population.
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.
Individual differences in early language development, and in later language functioning, are associated with changes in the anatomy of the brain in autism.
A project and website to help Divinity students (and any other keen language students) learn New Testament Greek will launch this month.