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Real Words vs. Non-Words, Baboons Know The Difference
2012-04-13 11:25:13

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com The results of a new study reveal that baboons have the ability to discern real English words from fake words just by looking at them, suggesting that some mental processing involved in reading evolved separately from the specialized language centers that are unique to the human brain, scientists reported on Thursday. Researchers at Aix-Marseille University in France, led by Jonathan Grainger, said their findings suggest that reading is based on simple...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'