Where was human language born?

Apr 15, 2011 by

Anthropologists and geneticists alike believe that modern humans originated in Africa. But what about human language? Did it originate in Africa too? Was it “born” only once? And can we be more precise about where in...

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Ultrasound to study human sounds

Dec 6, 2010 by

Gone are the days when linguists simply listened to speakers of exotic languages, trying to figure out what it is they’re hearing. Today, new technologies are being used to study and document human speech sounds. From digital...

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Click away!

Jul 21, 2010 by

In recent years, click sounds received much attention in the popular press, where they have been touted as “exotic”. A colleague shared a story of an English-speaking white man from South Africa whose Zulu teacher would never...

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