Offensive language is used in times of anger, frustration, surprise, or delight, but is negatively perceived and censored in public spaces. Despite society’s general reproach of sh*tty words, what does research have to say about swearing?
A lot of people assume that you can’t forget your mother tongue. However, although traces of it may persist forever, it is entirely possible to lose the ability to communicate in your native language. Here, we explore why and how this happens.
Wearable gloves packed with technology promise to translate sign language into speech. Are they as fancy and futuristic as they sound or are they just one of many half-baked ideas on the technology market?
Talking to a friend? Easy enough, you might think. But while you’re listening to your friend, your brain is predicting when you can talk and what you’re going to say.
Scientists have long assumed that the sounds humans can make are limited by our biology. New evidence shows, however, that it may be thanks to a change in our prehistoric ancestors’ diet that most languages today have ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds.
Koko was one of the most famous gorillas of our time, and appeared to have mastered her own form of sign language. But how good was she really?