Researchers in Hong Kong have found that all languages convey information at similar rates, regardless of whether they are spoken faster or slower.
Genetic and environmental factors have an equally strong influence on a pattern of brain activity associated with language ability.
No matter what language they speak, children learn words of quantity such as ‘all’, ‘some’ or ‘none’ in the same order.
English speakers struggle to name odors whereas speakers of Jahai, a Malay hunter-gatherer language, have an elaborate vocabulary for smells, researchers say.
Non-musicians who speak tonal languages such as Cantonese may have a better ear for learning musical notes, says a new study.
Babies as young as seven months can distinguish between two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, says a new study.