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The importance of language is hard to overestimate, yet few of us are aware of the sheer breadth and diversity of language research.

Mechanisms of real-time speech interpretation in the human brain revealed

30 Sep 2019

Scientists have come a step closer to understanding how we’re able to understand spoken language so rapidly, and it involves a huge and complex set...

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Research at the chalk face: connecting academia and schools

25 Mar 2019

Researchers in Cambridge’s Faculty of Education are working with teachers to improve the experience of learning in the East of England – and boost...

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Skin cancer cells from a mouse show how cells attach at contact points

AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries

27 Nov 2018

Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system.

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One of the partner schools

How could multilingualism benefit India’s poorest schoolchildren?

20 Nov 2018

Multilingualism is the norm in India. But rather than enjoying the cognitive and learning advantages seen in multilingual children in the Global...

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Celebrity Twitter accounts display ‘bot-like’ behaviour

02 Aug 2017

‘Celebrity’ Twitter accounts – those with more than 10 million followers – display more bot-like behaviour than users with fewer followers, according...

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Swear word

Frankly, do we give a damn…? Study finds links between swearing and honesty

16 Jan 2017

It’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people...

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Talk with Your Hands: a Cambridge Shorts film

18 Nov 2016

The capacity for language is what sets us apart from other animals. Talk with Your Hands , the third of four Cambridge Shorts films, explores the...

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Time travelling to the mother tongue

19 Jul 2016

he sounds of languages that died thousands of years ago have been brought to life again through technology that uses statistics in a revolutionary...

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A British army sergeant visits a school in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Opinion: How the British military became a champion for language learning

06 Jun 2016

Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) discusses the impact of the military's new language policy.

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Cambridge app maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects

26 May 2016

Regional diversity in dialect words and pronunciations could be diminishing as much of England falls more in line with how English is spoken in...

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Urgent action needed to close UK languages gap

24 May 2016

The UK Government needs to urgently adopt a new, comprehensive languages strategy if it is to keep pace with its international competitors and reduce...

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Opinion: Speaking dialects trains the brain as well as bilingualism does

23 May 2016

Napoleon Katsos (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) discusses why speakers of two dialects may share cognitive advantage with...

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