Infants need free tongue movement to distinguish speech sounds

A team of researchers led by Dr Alison Bruderer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, has discovered a direct link between the tongue movements of infants and their ability to distinguish speech sounds. “Until now, research in speech perception development and language acquisition has primarily used the auditory experience as the driving … Continue reading Infants need free tongue movement to distinguish speech sounds

INEC Chairman ought to be sacked – Odia Ofeimun

In the wake of the ongoing Nigerian politics, here comes another perspective, I suppose a controversial one, from a Nigerian poet and writer, Odia Ofeimun who after speaking on the politics of Pan African Organization, recommended that the INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega ought to have been sacked for what he considered as manipulation of the voters' … Continue reading INEC Chairman ought to be sacked – Odia Ofeimun

Chomsky’s Linguistics: A book of research in generative linguistics

In celebration of Chomsky's enormous contribution to Linguistics and global scholarship, the MIT published Chomsky's Linguistics, which is a collection of Prof. Noam Chomsky's works over a period of 37 years of linguistics research and development. Amazon has this to say regarding Chomsky and the book:  "One of the oldest and most storied linguistics programs in … Continue reading Chomsky’s Linguistics: A book of research in generative linguistics

Linguistics as a field of study and a career: An inspiration from William Labov

Many young people, especially those who have just started college or are getting ready for college, are sometimes worried about what to study that would help them to get the job of their dream. Often time, college students who find themselves studying linguistics or thinking about studying the course would like to know what prospects … Continue reading Linguistics as a field of study and a career: An inspiration from William Labov

Linguistics as a window to understanding the brain

Language as a complex system of 'human' communication remains an indecipherable mystery for linguists and cognitive scientists. Professor Steven Pinker, a Cognitive Scientist at Harvard University, despite studying language for over thirty years, still feels there is far more for him to know about language than he already knows. In this video, he takes us through the amazing … Continue reading Linguistics as a window to understanding the brain

Lancaster Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics

We are pleased to announce the 10th Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching which will take place at Lancaster University on Monday, 13 July 2015. This one-day conference is designed to give linguistics postgraduates from various areas in linguistics and language teaching/assessment an opportunity to present and discuss their research in … Continue reading Lancaster Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics