Recalling Common Ground Depends on the Mode of Communication

Aditi Kaveti ’23 Communication between conversation partners can be performed in a multitude of ways, including spatial, visual, linguistic, aural, and gestural. These different modalities can affect the way information is transferred and interpreted, as well as the way the information is later recalled and referenced. Above all, communication between partners establishes a common ground between the two as they create a shared experience. Dr. … Continue reading Recalling Common Ground Depends on the Mode of Communication

Musical Training Found to be Beneficial to Speech Perception

Anna Tarasova ‘19 Music is an integral part of both ancient and modern society and culture. It has long been used for a variety of communicative and expressive purposes. Recent studies have suggested that musical training may be associated with an improvement in linguistic abilities in childhood. The mechanism responsible for this relationship is uncertain, although it may be due to the acoustic similarity of … Continue reading Musical Training Found to be Beneficial to Speech Perception

How Bilingualism Affects Children’s Learning

by Lillian Pao (’18) There are 6,500 spoken languages around the world and the most popular language is Mandarin Chinese, which uses vocal pitch to create tone. Tone is used in the English language to distinguish questions, statements, and other elements of emotional states. Children who are learning two languages have to learn how words are defined in both of their native languages. There are … Continue reading How Bilingualism Affects Children’s Learning