- NS: Size isn't everything: the big brain myth
- SD: 'Virtual mates' reveal role of romance in parrot calls
- SD: Humans imitate aspects of speech we see
- AAAS: A birdsong blast from the past
- NS: Play-acting orang-utans signal their desires
- BBC: Orangutans mime to get message across (with video)
- SD: Single neurons can detect sequences
- NS: The genetical evolution of chimp culture
- SD: Language as a window into sociability (Williams vs. autism)
- SD: Sign language speakers' hands, mouths operate separately
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The August 9 edition of WNYC Radiolab, which you can find here, has a linguistic theme, and features Elizabeth Spelke. The website summarizes the show as follows:
"It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that. We speak to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke."
There are more links to earlier language-related episodes and some short videos on that same page.
Conference: GLOW 34
April 27 - May 1, 2011
Topic: It is uncontroversial that language has both a sound and a meaning component. In addition to the latter two, a narrow syntactic component is postulated by linguists. But is narrow syntax a real, empirically identifiable subcomponent of the human ability to use language in the most general sense, or is it merely an analytical artifact? Are there principled grounds for separating ”Merge” from prosody, implicature, presupposition, parsing, functional structure, the lexicon, morphology, phonology, stylistic movement, and binding theory? While there are various conceptual lines of reasoning to adopt a position on these issues, this position must always be backed up by empirical evidence. Are there mechanisms in the sound and meaning components that achieve the same results as Merge? And, if so, do they require an extra level of quasi-syntactic processes to achieve them? What do we know about how narrow syntax interfaces with these other systems? Abstracts relating to these questions but not limited to them are invited for presentation at GLOW34. The questions should not only be addressed from the viewpoint of syntax, or current syntactic theories, but should also be addressed from within phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, vis-a-vis-syntax, as well as by psycho-linguistics.
Call for papers (due Nov. 1) here.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
- SD: Our brains are more like birds' than we thought
- NYT: For male finches, range comes with muscle
- stuff.co.nz: New Zealand fish language recorded
- SD: Bilingualism associated with brain reorganization involving better efficiency in executive functions, research finds
- NS: 'Brain recycling' puts kids' writing in a twist
- SD: 'Magical thinking' about islands an illusion? Biologist refutes conventional thinking on evolution
- SD: Fireflies blink in synch to send a clear message
- BBC: Chatting chimps are 'socially aware'
- NS: Can you teach yourself synaesthesia?
- Nat Geo: Human brains 'evolve,' become less monkey-like with age
- SD: Autism has unique vocal signature, new technology reveals
- SD: Neurological process for the recognition of letters and numbers explained
- SD: Relatives of individuals with autism tend to display abnormal eye movements