Did Neanderthals Talk Like Humans?

It's easy to think that Neanderthals were dumb brutes, incapable of complex speech like us. But it turns out that a Neanderthal's hyoid — a small bone in the neck that supports the tongue and is crucial for speech — worked in a very similar way to your own hyoid. Does this mean they could talk like (and with!) humans? » 12/24/13 1:40pm 12/24/13 1:40pm

Marmosets Have Conversations That Sound Strikingly Human

Marmosets are fluffy, 8-inch-long monkeys native to South America. They are also very polite. New research shows that these little mammals carry on lengthy, back-and-forth discussions without interrupting one another. This is a conversation style adopted by only one other kind of primate: humans. » 10/17/13 12:10pm 10/17/13 12:10pm

Gelada monkey's yodel-like gurgling could reveal origins of human speech

As a group, primates aren't really known for their ability to create vocalizations, or sophisticated or complex sounds with their mouths. Yes, we humans have shown some talent in that area — what with the whole development of language and all that — but most apes and monkeys are unable to generate anything but the… » 4/14/13 1:00pm 4/14/13 1:00pm

Australia's Prime Minister issues a (tongue-in-cheek) warning about the…

Just because Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard knows that the world isn't going to end this month doesn't mean she can't have a little fun with the doomsday predictions. She recorded this video for Australia's Triple J radio and, in grand deadpan, warns us of the world's greatest apocalyptic threat: K-pop. » 12/08/12 9:30am 12/08/12 9:30am

How Science is Helping You Find the Word on the Tip of Your Tongue

You stop short in the middle of a sentence. Your eyes shift. You can practically feel your mind twisting, as it tries to wring out the word resting just behind your lips — but nothing springs to mind. While this tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon happens to just about everyone from time to time, rarely does it become a… » 6/21/12 10:40am 6/21/12 10:40am

Prosthetic Speech Implant Turns Your Thoughts to Words

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to speak. Your mind still churns away, trying to form words, but no sounds will come out. It's like the bleak ending of Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream only, you know, real. This is a fact of life for many people with varying levels of paralysis, who… » 7/03/08 9:32am 7/03/08 9:32am