LINGUISTICS IN THE NEWS
- A Genetic Basis for Language Tones? (Scientific American, May 29, 2007, By Nikhil Swaminathan) "Scottish scientists uncover a striking link between genes for brain size and tonality in spoken language"
- Use It or Lose It: Why Language Changes over Time (Scientific American, October 10, 2007, By Nikhil Swaminathan) "More commonly used words are the least likely to evolve"
- Birds Share 'Language' Gene with Humans (Scientific American, March 31, 2004, By Sarah Graham) "Now researchers have identified a common gene between birds and people that underlies both abilities."
- Predicting the future of the past tense (MIT News, October 15, 2007) "Mathematicians apply evolutionary models to language"
- Linguists doubt exception to universal grammar (MIT News, April 23, 2007, By Robin H. Ray, News Office Correspondent)
- Ancient Etruscans were immigrants from Anatolia, or what is now Turkey (Eurekalert, 16 June, 2007, Mary Rice) "Geneticists find the final piece in the puzzle"
- Baby talk is universal (Eurekalert, 21 August, 2007, Catherine West) "Researchers propose that the relationships between sounds and intentions are universal, and thus, should be understood by anyone regardless of the language they speak."