speech

  • When music ‘speaks’

    New research demonstrates how traditional dùndún drumming accurately mimics Yorùbá speech.

    Dùndún drumming is an oral tradition among the Yorùbá peoples of Western Africa which involves a special type of drum...

    Culture July 27, 2021
  • Listen up: the sound of science

    Can how we speak reflect changes in our mental health? Can ambient sound bring order to loved one...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 2 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. ...

    Body and Mind July 9, 2021
  • Listen up: the sound of science

    Can how we speak reflect changes in our mental health? Can ambient sound bring order to loved one...

    Worried about an aging relative with dementia, or a friend suffering from mental illness? New help may be on its way ...

    Body and Mind July 2, 2021
  • Neanderthals were capable of human speech

    Detailed and long-running research shows that our closest ancestor talked and heard.

    The closest ancestor to modern humans – Neanderthals – were capable of understanding and producing human speech, acco...

    Anthropology March 2, 2021
  • Talk back to babies to help them learn

    It’s the quality of chat that counts, not the quantity.

    It’s a no-brainer that babies learn language from their caregivers, but how we respond to them rather than simply how...

    Behaviour November 27, 2020
  • More words don’t convey more information

    Packing more words into a minute doesn’t achieve much.

    Some languages are rapid-fire and others more languid – but there is no difference in the speed at which information ...

    Behaviour September 4, 2019
  • Linguistic diversity begins with our palates

    It’s not just our culture that shapes how we speak.

    The different accents of the world may have their origins in the shapes of our mouths, according to new research. An ...

    Behaviour August 19, 2019
  • A next-gen speech synthesiser

    The synthesiser could decode brain neural impulses.

    Scientists hoping to construct the next generation of speech synthesisers for the vocally impaired have learned to de...

    Medicine April 24, 2019
  • Newborns can isolate words from speech

    Research suggests it may be an innate ability.

    Babies are born with the ability to pick out distinct words from continuous speech, according to a study published in...

    Body and Mind January 30, 2019
  • Voice synthesiser produces speech from muscle movement

    It’s a step towards giving speech back to people with paralysis.

    The videos above show off a new speech synthesiser that converts vocal tract movements into intelligible speech. This...

    Technology November 28, 2016