Google is apparently 'teaching' artificial intelligence to become better at translating foreign languages. This includes the diction and intonation as it the bot is a native speaker of the specific language in question.
In a quest to address the common travel dilemma of language barriers miscommunication, a team of Swiss designers have created an item of clothing that speaks for itself.
A recent analysis found fault in a study that claimed chimpanzees newcomers were able to learn language from the native group they joined. Researchers suggest the original Edinburgh Zoo study was flawed and the conclusions actually misrepresents what the data shows.
Hominin fossils examined from South Africa suggest early humans and chimpanzees had similar hearing patterns, with some slight differences in the direction of humans. This is a preferable auditory system for people living in the savanna and communicating within a short range.
It's no secret that compared to other animals, great apes are leaps and bounds ahead in terms of language development. The complex and varied call dialects chimpanzees exhibit, alongside the impressive sign language abilities of gorillas has shown us as much. But how close are they to developing a verbal language like ours? A new study of Koko the gorilla has found that great apes are closer than ever imagined.
It turns out that the unusual great apes of Africa known as bonobos might be better at understand a baby's babble than even her own mother. A new study has revealed that these primal relatives of humanity communicate much like babies, hinting that they might be on an evolutionary fast-track to complex language development.
The Bronze Age was a significant era in Earth's early history, but how did it change Europe? New DNA analyses from the bones of early Europeans have attempted to answer just that question, showing that the demographic structure of present-day Europe and Asia is the result of widespread population migrations, and subsequent cultural changes that occurred during the Bronze Age.
If you were to hear the "hoo hoos" of gibbons chattering and calling away in the wild or even zoos, do you think you could translate it? Probably not, but a team of researchers think they are very close to decoding the secrets of gibbon 'talk,' taking them a step closer to understanding language development in primates.
Chimpanzees are apparently pretty proficient linguists - probably far more so than most humans can call themselves. Researchers have unveiled evidence that these clever great apes can even adapt to a new dialect or language depending on where they are, picking up new names for things after moving to a new region.
Researchers may have finally helped solve a long-standing question among linguists, finding in a new study that climate is linked to the evolution of human language.
It's no secret that chimpanzees and a few other great apes are capable of complex language. They can be taught sign language and freely communicate with experts using body language. But what about us understanding them? A new team of researchers eavesdropping on the animals have now determined that chimps talk to one another about at least two important topics.
Ancient stone tools used by our hominin ancestors in the African savanna, aside from being excellent slicers of hunted game animals like zebra and gazelle, also sparked the evolution of human language and teaching, according to a new study.
In a bizarre attempt to better understand human and animal genealogy, researchers recently inserted what they call the "human language gene" into lab mice. The results shockingly revealed that these mice were making significantly faster and better decisions, hinting at how key the gene was to human evolution.
Researchers are claiming that economic prosperity, an undeniably good thing, is behind the extinction of language diversity around the world. That then raises the question, "is adapting a universal language the natural progression of things?"