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Young Children Understand Grammar, Chimps Don’t
2013-04-11 08:08:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Children as young as two years old understand basic grammar rules and are not simply imitating adults as they first learn to speak, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. The study was led by Charles Yang, professor of linguistics in the School of Arts and Sciences and of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Yang applied the same statistical analysis to data as that used in...

New Species Of Leafcutter Bee 'Megachile Chomskyi' Found In Texas
2013-04-05 08:13:38

Pensoft Publishers The genus Megachile is a cosmopolitan group of solitary bees, often called leafcutter bees. This is one of the largest genera of bees, with well over 1,500 species in over 50 subgenera. A new species, Megachile chomskyi, has been found only in Texas, US. What is specific and interesting about this bee is the fact that it is among those insects which exhibit a narrow, specialized preference for pollen sources. Presumably, the irreplaceable host of M. chomskyi are the...

2012-12-05 08:24:34

COTTONWOOD, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For animal and nature lovers, internationally known animal behaviorist Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D. has just released his book, Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals, published by St. Martin's Press. According to Dr. Slobodchikoff, many animals use language to talk to one another, and his book is filled with examples and explanations of their skills. He shows how animals are similar to humans in using language to develop novel...

Infant Speech Recognition More Advanced
2012-07-18 07:41:43

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sights and sounds are sensory details that are absorbed by a child early on. How much of that becomes recognizable to the infant is still being debated. According to researchers from New York University (NYU), an infant´s ability to recognize speech is more advanced that previously understood. While it´s known that adults have a fine-tuned perception of speech and an understanding of ambiguous sounds, less is known...

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2008-02-28 12:50:00

An area of the brain involved in the planning and production of spoken and signed language in humans plays a similar role in chimpanzee communication, researchers report online on February 28th in the journal Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. "Chimpanzee communicative behavior shares many characteristics with human language," said Jared Taglialatela of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. "The results from this study suggest that these similarities extend to the way in...