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2012-06-21 01:59:03

Princeton researcher explains link from friendly primate facial gesture to human speech The throat and facial movements that twist the air pushing through your vocal cords into words could be rooted in the well-meaning expressions primates exchange with each other, according to two recent studies based at Princeton University. The researchers found that the oral-facial component of human speech mirrors the rhythm, development and internal dynamics of lip smacking, a friendly...

2012-03-08 00:49:29

Portions of a songbird's brain that control how it sings have been shown to decay within 24 hours of the animal losing its hearing. The findings, by researchers at Duke University Medical Center, show that deafness penetrates much more rapidly and deeply into the brain than previously thought. As the size and strength of nerve cell connections visibly changed under a microscope, researchers could even predict which songbirds would have worse songs in coming days. "When hearing was lost,...

2011-11-19 08:00:00

Published by Smarty Ears, BAPA (Bilingual and Articulation Phonology Assessment) was created by certified speech pathologists, Barbara Fernandes of Smarty Ears and Mary Bauman, Ellen Kester, and Scott Prath of the Austin-based company, Bilinguistics Speech and Language Services, to assess the articulation and phonological abilities of Spanish-speaking and bilingual (English-Spanish) children with speech sound disorders. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 19, 2011 Identifying a communication...

Mind Reading Computer System May Help People With Locked-in Syndrome
2011-10-17 14:41:10

[ Watch the Video ] Totally paralyzed people could communicate and control robots Imagine living a life in which you are completely aware of the world around you but you're prevented from engaging in it because you are completely paralyzed. Even speaking is impossible. For an estimated 50,000 Americans, this is a harsh reality. It's called locked-in syndrome, a condition in which people with normal cognitive brain activity suffer severe paralysis, often from injuries or an illness such...

2011-09-22 18:52:03

Patients with serious speech disorders are often able to sing complete texts. However, melody may not be the decisive factor. After a left-sided stroke, many individuals suffer from serious speech disorders but are often able to sing complete texts relatively fluently. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, have now demonstrated that it is not singing itself that is the key. Instead, rhythm may be crucial. Moreover, highly...

2011-09-14 07:00:00

Two-Time Grammy-Award-Winning artist, SPEECH Thomas, lead singer of Arrested Development, to drop new single exclusively on No Wedding No Womb Website September 22. Organization debuts online mentorship program. San Diego, California (PRWEB) September 14, 2011 No Wedding No Womb (NWNW), an initiative to raise awareness and find solutions to the 73% out-of-wedlock birthrate in the African American community, will launch its second annual blog-a-thon, with over 100 writers, artists, and...

2011-09-13 11:28:24

Older musicians experience less age-related decline in hearing abilities than non-musicians A study led by Canadian researchers has found the first evidence that lifelong musicians experience less age-related hearing problems than non-musicians. While hearing studies have already shown that trained musicians have highly developed auditory abilities compared to non-musicians, this is the first study to examine hearing abilities in musicians and non-musicians across the age spectrum...

2011-05-18 14:19:33

When we speak, our enunciation and pronunciation of words and syllables fluctuates and varies from person to person. Given this, how do infants decode all of the spoken sounds they hear to learn words and meanings? To replicate the challenges of learning language as an infant, Carnegie Mellon University's Lori Holt and Sung-Joo Lim and Stockholm University's Francisco Lacerda used video game training with a mock "alien" language. They discovered that listeners quickly recognize word-like...

2011-03-30 00:00:27

Synapse Apps, a pioneer in speech therapy mobile applications, has released another breakthrough iPhone and iPad app. "Speech Tutor" was designed by practicing speech and language pathologists to demonstrate how the tongue, palate, lips and/or teeth are combined to produce targeted American English sounds. Using Speech Tutor's semi-transparent video animations, users can literally see inside the mouth as sounds are being made. Ruidoso, NM (PRWEB) March 28, 2011 Synapse Apps, LLC, the...

2011-02-18 12:17:22

Three leading Canadian language and speech experts will take centre stage in discussions on the latest developments in speech research at this year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. (February 17-21). Ellen Bialystok of York University has been a driving force in revealing the unique window that bilingualism opens on brain function. Her research disproves earlier claims of cognitive deficits among bilingual children, discovering,...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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