Is there anything that all human languages have in common?
With all the diversity in the world’s languages, a true universal is hard to find. But new research has unearthed a principle involving the distances between words, and this discovery has revived a long-standing debate.
Linguist Daniel Midgley keeps it short and sweet on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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NatGeo: Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language
Guardian: Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows
Daily Mail: Bonobos speak like HUMAN BABIES: Apes use high-pitched ‘peeps’ just like infants learning to talk
Scientific American: Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors
MIT Linguists Say Human Languages Might Be Predictable
The paper: Large-scale evidence of dependency length minimization in 37 languages
MIT Study Suggests a Universal Property of Language
All languages have evolved to have this in common
More about language universals (PDF)
Klittra wins the vote in Sweden as the new word for female masturbation. Don’t be surprised if English adopts it. http://t.co/gQjBOnjsN5
— Wordability (@WordabilityHugh) June 23, 2015
Jezebel: Add the Word ‘Klittra’ to Your Sexual Dictionary
Guardian: Sweden invents a word for girls’ genitals equivalent to ‘willy’ for boys
Swedish children’s TV dancing genitals cartoon sparks parental outcry
English remix of Swedish ‘genitals’ song released
Inevitable dance remix
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