Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

In conversation, people often adjust the way they speak based on the people to whom they are talking. We can see this phenomenon most clearly when people talk to babies or animals and inadvertently switch over to a more high-pitched, sing- song tone of voice. This is an example of an adjustment made to improve … Continue reading Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language

For centuries, researchers have been fascinated by the evolution and development of language. How did humans develop the ability to utilize complex language when no other species have? What is it that makes humans unique? One possibility is that the location of language processing in the left hemisphere of our brains allows for the development … Continue reading What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language