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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Students find life calling through co-​​op


Nearly two-​​dozen stu­dents shared their co-​​op expe­ri­ences with their peers at the Col­lege of Sci­ence Spring Co-​​op Expo on Friday in the Raytheon Amphithe­ater.

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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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Two College of Science Students Named Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Scholars 2013

Lauren Byrnes and Hollis Thomann have received Ful­bright Schol­ar­ships for 2013–2014.

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Language By Mouth And By Hand

Iris Berent

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?

Iris Berent

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

Iris Berent

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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3Qs: Not your mother’s neologisms

Heather Littlefield

Oxford Dic­tio­naries Online, the online-​​only sub­sidiary of the Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary, recently added sev­eral words to its data­base that high­light our wide­spread usage of dig­ital lan­guage in everyday con­ver­sa­tion.

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