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Linguistics / Literature - 16.11.2021
Perceptual links between sound and shape may unlock origins of spoken words
Perceptual links between sound and shape may unlock origins of spoken words
Share this page Share on Twitter Share on facebook Share on linkedin Share on email Most people around the world agree that the made-up word 'bouba' sounds round in shape, and the made-up word 'kiki' sounds pointy - a discovery that may help to explain how spoken languages develop, according to a new study.

Life Sciences - Linguistics / Literature - 19.08.2021
What If Our History Was Written In Our Grammar?
What If Our History Was Written In Our Grammar?
Humans have been always on the move, creating a complex history of languages and cultural traditions dispersed over the globe. An international team under UZH's lead has now traced families of related languages over more than 10,000 years by combining data from genetics, linguistics and musicology using novel digital methods.

Linguistics / Literature - 25.06.2021
Insisting you’re not racist may backfire, researchers find
When you insist you're not racist, you may unwittingly be sending the opposite message. That's the conclusion of a new study by three Berkeley Haas researchers who conducted experiments with white participants claiming to hold egalitarian views. After asking them to write statements explaining why they weren't prejudiced against Black people, they found that other white people could nevertheless gauge the writers' underlying prejudice.

Linguistics / Literature - 08.06.2021
Finding of the first Spanish translation of a Dickens' text
Finding of the first Spanish translation of a Dickens’ text
An article published in the prestigious journal Dickens Quarterly discovered what could be considered to be the first direct translation of a Dickens text from English to Spanish. The article explains the research on this finding by the lecturer John Stone, from the Faculty of Philology and Communication.

Linguistics / Literature - 12.05.2021
Ancestors may have created 'iconic' sounds as bridge to first languages
Ancestors may have created ’iconic’ sounds as bridge to first languages
The 'missing link' that helped our ancestors to begin communicating with each other through language may have been iconic sounds, rather than charades-like gestures - giving rise to the unique human power to coin new words describing the world around us, a new study reveals. It was widely believed that, in order to get the first languages off the ground, our ancestors first needed a way to create novel signals that could be understood by others, relying on visual signs whose form directly resembled the intended meaning.