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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

This question would require an experiment that cannot ethically be conducted, but it is interesting. Wikipedia has an article on historical attempts at language deprivation experiments: An ...
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Why does the brain skip over repeated "the" words in sentences?

A study by Rainer et al. (2011) has shown that words are skipped and apparently filled in mentally quite often (in the order of 8 to 30% of times). Two important factors that increased skipping rates ...
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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

While no cases of complete isolation of a group of children seem to exist, idioglossia (language invented and spoken by only one person or very few people) in twins is well documented and appears to ...
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Body Language: Why do we give each other the grumpy/frowning fake smile?

Since this (excellent) question has been around for a while without any answer, I thought I'd give my two cents. I think we do this as a gesture of respect to the other person. We may fear that if ...
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What is the name of the "Things are more visible once you learn about them" phenomenon?

The scenario you describe is sometimes called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one stumbles upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or ...
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Why do people have different personalities when speaking different languages?

That is a really interesting question. There are some studies that found that the emotional response is strong in one's native language compared to languages that are acquired later. For instance, a ...
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Can an autistic person have very advance language skills?

They may be referring to hyperlexia (rather than hyperverbal ability): Hyperlexic children are characterized by word-reading ability well above what would be expected given their age. ... Some ...
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Why do people have different personalities when speaking different languages?

Both of my parents and I are multilingual. We come from Czech Republic and have learned multiple languages through our lives as we moved around. I have noticed, even within myself that I "feel" ...
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What happens if you lie to a child during language acquisition?

You would need a conspiracy of many people to prank a child with this kind of thing, because kids are really good at tracking the information value of sources. If you give a different random word ...
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Is mapping sound frequencies to the vertical axis universal?

Humans technically don't perceive frequencies, they perceive pitch. According to Wikipedia: the idiom relating vertical height to sound pitch is shared by most languages. citing a 1930 article by ...
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Have there been any studies into language development in the blind?

Yes, there have been a number of studies on language development in children with congenital profound visual impairment (PVI) over the years. Selma Fraiberg first described differences in early ...
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What if people understand or interpret words differently in their mind?

Quite certainly this is the case (even if you learn all words from a dictionary), but this is more of a philosophical debate. It is unclear what you are after when referring to 'pessimistic', '...
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Which research article showed that East Asian parents used verbs more to their infants and toddlers?

Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course By Elizabeth D. Hutchison Chapter Language skills Hoff, E. (2006). How social contexts support and shape language development. Developmental ...
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Is there any evidence that language is the limit of the world?

First some linguistic theory background. Noam Chomsky has hypothesized that language developed internally to facilitate certain aspects of human cognition. According to Chomsky's hypothesis, human ...
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Is there any evidence that language is the limit of the world?

This is not quite your question, but it's the closest thing I know of. There's a significant amount of work suggesting that purely morphological attributes can shape conceptualization: looking at the ...
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What makes words (entities) positive or negative?

The classification of affect as positive (as in "good") or negative (as in "bad") is called valence. There is a large body of research regarding word valence, owing to interest from corporate ...
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Is language an abstract concept that is voiced out though a national tongue?

While there appears to be ongoing research and debate on the nature of language in the human mind, some pertinent theories relate to the question here. At the earliest level of linguistic learning, ...
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What if people understand or interpret words differently in their mind?

Much of what we perceive cannot be expressed by language. It's unspeakable. As a consequence, differences in interpretation are very common, especially when it involves complex abstract concepts or ...
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Does a split brain affect the inner voice?

Short answer: Probably not. Let's first keep in mind that very few split-brain patients have ever been studied. Add to this that inner speech is not a well studied area in general. As the resulting ...
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Does the brain generate identical words in different languages similarly?

Here's an article talking about exactly what you are asking: EEG decoding of spoken words in bilingual listeners: from words to language invariant semantic-conceptual representations I can say that ...
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Why do we say, "Oh!" when we are surprised?

This is a hard question because there are probably many different (but not equally valid) answers. From my perspective (Barrett & Russell, 2015), there are a couple of things to think about. How ...
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Using CBT for a justified fear?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (I mention this because in the thrill of learning it, the "B" part is often ignored or forgotten). CBT integrates aspect of both cognitive psychotherapy and ...
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What makes something relevant to an argument and how can people improve in determining relevance?

The Wikipedia article on relevance references a couple of books and a few journal articles. The Wikipedia article says Cognitive science and pragmatics Further information: Relevance theory ...
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Can you become "mentally" bilingual after 8?

Anecdotally speaking yes, I moved to another country where I couldn't practice my native one and after some years I started thinking in the once foreign one. I am now back to my original country and ...
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What are the different theories about how the brain processes speech?

This question is quite broad and since it seems to be basically a reference request, I will suffice by giving some prominent theories of speech perception with sources and references. Speech ...
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Looking for a paper: AI in human host

Finally! I found a news article explaining the Echoborg. The research was done in 2015 by Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespi at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Published at ...
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Can an autistic person have very advance language skills?

As an Autistic person myself, and as a person knowing many autistic people, I can assure you we indeed are capable of language. Even very low functioning autistic individuals are at least somewhat ...
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Looking for literature on detailed developmental milestones (and their prerequisites) for a child of a given age

A good resource for psychological development is: Sigelman, C. K., & Rider, E. A. (2017). Life-span human development 9th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing. A sample can be viewed at https://read....
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