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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...

2011-05-13 15:16:05

Parents know the unparalleled joy and wonder of hearing a beloved child's first words turn quickly into whole sentences and then babbling paragraphs. But how human children acquire language-which is so complex and has so many variations-remains largely a mystery. Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed an answer: Humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. In other words, we know some of the most...

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2011-01-19 14:27:27

TAU measures the human mind against the yardstick of a machine Although we're convinced that baby is brilliant when she mutters her first words, cognitive scientists have been conducting a decades-long debate about whether or not human beings actually "learn" language. Most theoretical linguists, including the noted researcher Noam Chomsky, argue that people have little more than a "language organ" "” an inherent capacity for language that's activated during early childhood. On the...

2010-06-03 14:30:00

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In benefit of The Riverside Church's Mission and Social Justice Ministry to Benefit Haiti Relief, renowned author Noam Chomsky will discuss the ongoing problems confronting Haiti in the wake of the earthquake catastrophe on Tuesday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. at The Riverside Church, South Hall, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. At the event, Chomsky will share his insights regarding the ongoing problems confronting the...

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2008-08-31 12:50:00

Linguistic tools used to analyze human language applied to conversation between scientist and bonobo What happens when linguistic tools used to analyze human language are applied to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a human? The findings, published this month in the Journal of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, indicate that bonobos may exhibit larger linguistic competency in ordinary conversation than in controlled experimental settings. The peer-reviewed...

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2006-04-26 14:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature. It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a reward, to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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