A nose by any other name would sound the same, study finds

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study that shatters a cornerstone concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the research […]

New book explains the creation and evolution of language

ITHACA, N.Y. – Is language innate? How did we get language? A new book offers a revolutionary, unifying framework to understand the processing, acquisition and evolution of language. “Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing” by Morten H. Christiansen, Cornell professor of psychology, and Nick Chater (University of Warwick, U.K.), integrates recent findings across numerous […]