Pointing at stuff is something every human understands.
A new study shows that for babies, pointing bridges the gap between communication and language. Could pointing have kickstarted language? And do any other animals do it?
Linguist Daniel Midgley gets to the point on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with James Hall
Ukraine: no ‘the’.
The name comes from “u” + “krai” = on the borderlands
Why do some country names have ‘the’?
“Ukraine” is now more common than “the Ukraine” in books, in their various formulations.
What’s the difference between на and в, in Russian?
Pointing is the first communicative gesture for human infants
and it’s key for developing language.
Wild chimps don’t point, but captive ones do.
Ravens point, too.
They do it to focus the attention of others.
What’s the tie-in? Ravens hunt co-operatively with each other…
Ravens can also remember faces.
There won’t be a ‘guacapocalypse’.
‘Point of View Point’ by Cornelius
from the single Point
‘Jerk Ribs (Mount Kimbie Remix)’ by Kelis
from the album Jerk Ribs [EP]