Cracking the Code of Dolphin Language (or Not)

Dolphin researcher Denise Herzing speaks at TED: Do dolphins have a language, and can we crack the code of their communication? Is this cool or what? I’m going with “or what.” Denise Herzing has been working with dolphins for 28 … Continue reading →

Unsatisfying Encounters with Academics of Renown, Episode 1: Noam Chomsky

I first heard of Noam Chomsky in my Linguistics 101 class in college. I remember the professor telling us that the history of linguistics before 1955 was known as “B.C” — Before Chomsky. That’s how much he revolutionized the field. … Continue reading →

Invented Languages

In January 2010, two experts answered many questions on the subject of invented languages. Paul Frommer (the developer of the Na’vi language from the movie “Avatar”) and Arika Okrent (author of In the Land of Invented Languages) answered questions about … Continue reading →

New Language Discovered: Prairiedogese

A researcher discovers that prairie dogs have different warning calls for different types of threats:  hawks, humans, coyotes, and domesticated dogs all have different “words”. Prairie dogs will even use different sounds for humans wearing different colored clothing. Read (and … Continue reading →

The McGurk Effect

he McGurk effect is a compelling demonstration of how we all use visual speech information. The effect shows that we can’t help but integrate visual speech into what we ‘hear’. … Continue reading →