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Video Game Speeds Language Training

A specially designed video game helps listeners learn to distinguish important differences between language sounds that do not exist in their native language. The learning that takes place during this simple game is similar to what has been demonstrated after 45 hours of intensive language training.

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Each alien emits sounds from a specific auditory category. Credit: Lori Holt, Carnegie Mellon University
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Computer scientists developed a way to decipher ancient scripts that does not depend on parallel texts (such as the Rosetta Stone’s Greek inscriptions and Egyptian hieroglyphs). Here is a tablet in the ancient Semitic language of Ugaritic, w/a translation to Hebrew. Learn more at NSF’s website devoted to science outcomes: See Innovation

Image credit: Benjamin Snyder, University of Wisconsin