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Seeing How Computers “Think” When Answering Questions Can Lead to More Intelligent Machines

August 8, 2019

A holy grail of artificial intelligence is to build machines that truly understand human language and can interpret…
A change in diet may have transformed human language

March 28, 2019

Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds, such as “f”, in languages all over the…
UI research advances understanding of how children learn words

March 15, 2019

Bob McMurray wants to understand how children learn words. It’s much more complicated than you might think, McMurray, a…
OpenAI Hesitates to Release Full Version of its New Highly Effective Text Generator due to Ethical Concerns

February 27, 2019

A new language model developed by the non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research organisation OpenAI is allegedly capable of…
LingoBoingo: Play Games, Make the World Smarter

December 27, 2018

Who doesn’t like playing games? What if you could play fun games online and in the process make…
A Stanford-led survey of trends in artificial intelligence finds advances in working with human languages, global reach

December 14, 2018

For the past two years, a Stanford-led group has surveyed developments in artificial intelligence research to keep track…
Why some words are so darn funny

November 30, 2018

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball and jiggly: these are the top 10 funniest words…
What was orange first – the colour of the fruit?

November 10, 2018

Orange fruit is delicious. It is sweet and sour and just great. It is also orange, which is…
Model paves way for faster, more efficient translations of more languages

October 31, 2018

MIT researchers have developed a novel “unsupervised” language translation model — meaning it runs without the need for human…
Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses

October 17, 2018

In any given year, depression affects more than 6 percent of the adult population in the United States—some…
Fake news detector algorithm works better than a human

August 24, 2018

An algorithm-based system that identifies telltale linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregator and social…
Study challenges evolution of how humans acquired language

August 13, 2018

A gene implicated in affecting speech and language, FOXP2, is held up as a “textbook” example of positive…
Why we keep using ‘uh‘s’ and ‘uhm‘s’ in our language? When do these subconscious pauses occur?

May 27, 2018

Sometimes we cringe hearing recordings of our speech. It is usually because of unnecessary pauses and slow expression…
Dravidian language family is approximately 4,500 years old

March 28, 2018

The Dravidian language family, varieties of which are spoken by 220 million people across South Asia, is crucial…
Research sheds new light on prehistory of Dravidian languages and their speakers

March 23, 2018

The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, shed new light on the prehistory of these languages,…
Humans Help Solve Problems Computers Can’t

February 14, 2018

It’s a familiar online experience: You’re about to make a purchase or submit a form, when you’re asked…
Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves

November 3, 2017

Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you’ll get a sense of how the English language…
Researchers release largest ever public collection of British conversations

September 26, 2017

Language experts at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press have published the largest ever public collection of transcribed…
From Dickens to Data Science

September 8, 2017

What if we could browse through all the literary works of an author and quickly get ideas for…
Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later

August 9, 2017

Optical scan technology is helping researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, preserve audio of 78 indigenous…
Architects and painters really do see their environment differently – but how?

June 29, 2017

We all know that some people have completely unique mind-set. They are more artistic and sort of see…
What Does that Sentence Say?

March 21, 2017

Imagine coming across a sentence in English that reads like this: “Mary apple eats her delicious.” For most…
Sorry, Chomsky: English spelling is hardly “close to optimal”

August 25, 2016

In the unruly Wild West of modern languages, English is indisputably the baddest outlaw around. Estimated to be…
Hitachi Develops Basic Artificial Intelligence Technology that Enables Logical Dialogue in Japanese

June 2, 2016

Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that it has developed a basic artificial intelligence (AI) technology that analyzes huge volumes…
Personality influences how one reacts to email errors

March 30, 2016

When reading emails, do you become the “grammar police?” You no who you aer: the person who thinks…
Linguists Document Philadelphia ‘Accent’ of American Sign Language

December 1, 2015

Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American…
How funny is this word? The ‘snunkoople’ effect

November 30, 2015

How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humour? University of Alberta researchers have developed a…
Mama or dada? Research looks at what words are easiest for kids to learn

October 13, 2015

A baby’s first words are often Mama or Dada, but new research by a Florida State University psychology…
Grammar evolves to be simpler as brain chooses the easiest path

August 17, 2015

Everyone who had to read old texts knows that our language is much different than that of the…
As a Southern community changes, an accent fades

July 28, 2015

For more than half a century, the familiar Southern drawl has been fading in Raleigh, N.C. Its disappearance…
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