A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

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The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system.

According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about the evolution of human speech and language.

 

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Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin – in the same voice

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Microsoft has posted a video with a complementary explanation of language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible.  The speaker explains and demonstrates improvements made to the machine understanding of his English words, which are automatically transcribed as he speaks. He then demonstrates having those words translated directly into Mandarin.

 

 

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Researchers teaching computers how to listen for lies

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The person’s speech provides all the cues to detect deception.

A professor of computer science at Columbia University, Julia Hirschberg, may spell trouble for a lot of liars. That’s because Dr. Hirschberg is teaching computers how to spot deception — programming them to parse people’s speech for patterns that gauge whether they are being honest.

 

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Regional accents in the U.S. are getting stronger

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Regional accents are the hallmark of who you are and are a tie to communities.

The United States is an international melting pot and the average American makes a dozen moves in a lifetime.  And regional accents are alive and well in America. ,William Labov, a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says, in fact, regional accents are becoming stronger and more different from each other although it’s not entirely clear why.

 

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Conan O’Brien delivers commencement address to Dartmouth College Class of 2011

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Comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien delivered the Class of 2011 Commencement address at Dartmouth College on June 12th.  O’Brien, who hosted NBC’s Late Night from 1993 to 2009, currently hosts his self-titled show on TBS weeknights. O’Brien was infamously ousted from his position on NBC’s The Tonight Show in January 2010, just months after succeeding Jay Leno as host in June 2009.

 

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Every Language in the World Evolved From Single Prehistoric Mother Tongue

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Every language can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors in Africa.

From English to Mandarin – Every language in the world evolved from a prehistoric ‘mother tongue. ‘ The mother tongue was first spoken in Africa tens of thousands of years ago, a new study reveals.

 

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EyeHear – Displays Spoken Word as Text on Glasses for the Hearing Impaired

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Designer Kaitlyn Fox has developed a microphone and mini-computer embedded device, which is clipped onto a pair of glasses to record peoples’ speech and then convert the same into text for the deaf and the hearing impaired to read.  (Pics and videos)

 

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Children’s Speech Development Harmed When TV On In Background

Children’s Speech Development Harmed When TV On In Background

Mothers should not have the television on in the background when bringing up small children as it harms their speech development 

Parents talk less to their children if the TV is on and youngsters also speak less, American researchers have found.

A study of children and babies from two-months-old to four-years-old found that for every hour the television was on, parents said between 500 and 1,000 fewer words to their children.

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