Iris Berent

Our Brains are Hardwired for Language

Iris Berent

A groundbreaking study published in PLOS ONE by Prof. Iris Berent of Northeastern University and researchers at Harvard Medical School shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals.

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Language Structure… You’re Born with It

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Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic “nature vs. nurture” debate.

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What causes dyslexia?

Iris Berent

Dyslexia affects about 10 percent of the population, and its cause is up for discussion.

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Language By Mouth And By Hand

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Humans favor speech as the primary means of linguistic communication. Spoken languages are so common many think language and speech are one and the same. But the prevalence of sign languages suggests otherwise. Not only can Deaf communities generate language using manual gestures, but their languages share some of their design and neural mechanisms with spoken languages. New research by Northeastern University’s Prof. Iris Berent further underscores the flexibility of human language and its robustness across both spoken and signed channels of communication.

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What makes human language special?

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Many species on the planet employ a unique form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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RELEASE: Prof. Berent’s Book Gives Phonology the Respect it Deserves

Iris Berent

All languages—spoken or signed—are comprised of patterns of meaningless elements.

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The building blocks of dyslexia

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While dyslexia is most often clas­si­fied as a reading dis­order, it is also well known to affect how indi­vid­uals process spoken lan­guage.

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