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Fascinating account on the BBC News site of the quest to crack proto-Elamite, the oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets. Dr Dahl, from the Oriental Studies Faculty at Oxford University m...

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An amazing step forward in the translation of languages has been made thanks to human and artificial intelligence working together. According to an article in this week's New Scientist, treating languages as a secret code might be the way forward in impro...

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April's Wired Science article announces that the notion of there being a universal way in how languages evolve, affected by place, culture and the common linguistic structures in our brain might be changing. New research states that each language family e...

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Babel or babble?

21 Apr 2011 10:56:04

Thought-provoking article in last week's Economist on the evolution of language. New research appears to confirm the theory that all languages originated in Africa. Just as humanity's origins demonstrate that the farther you get from that continent, the l...

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Guy Duetscher's article on Does Your Language Shape How You Think? that appeared in The New York Times Magazine in August gets our vote for the best writing on language in 2010. In this fascinating article, Deutscher sets out to re-examine the now unfashi...

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It would appear that children prefer to make friends with those whose speech patterns, rather than skin colour, mimic their own, according to a new study reported on Discovery News. The issue of accent also extends into the world of language learning. Ane...

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