Science Nation - Cooperative Robots

submitted by: nsf
Learning a language can be difficult for some, but for babies it seems quite easy. With support from the National Science Foundation, linguist Jeffrey Heinz and mechanical engineer Bert Tanner have taken some cues from the way humans learn to put words and thoughts together, and are teaching language to robots. This innovative collaboration began a few years ago at a meeting at the University of Delaware. One goal for this project is to design cooperative robots that can operate autonomously...

Voicing Gender: a sociophonetic analysis of quoted speech

submitted by: Paul De Decker

This video is a 5 minute slideshow created in Keynote. It is based on the slide from my presentation at the 6th annual Change and Variation in Canada conference held in Montreal, QC, June 2-3, 2012. Contents: first set of results from my project on phonetic variation in quoted speech.

Currently this is no narration but most of the slides speak for themselves. I invite comments/questions/feedback from all interested viewers.

Science Nation - Indian Hand Talk

submitted by: nsf
Historical films, field work reveal more about endangered Native American language James Woodenlegs first learned to communicate using Plains Indians Sign Language from his family, when he was growing up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Known as "hand talk" or "sign talk," the language has been used by both deaf and hearing Indians from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico for at least 200 years, possibly much longer. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Do Babies Learn From Baby Media?

submitted by: jd8d
In recent years, parents in the United States and worldwide have purchased enormous numbers of videos and DVDs designed and marketed for infants, many assuming that their children would benefit from watching them. We examined how many new words 12- to 18-month-old children learned from viewing a popular DVD several times a week for 4 weeks at home. The most important result was that children who viewed the DVD did not learn any more words from their monthlong exposure to it than did a...
Authors: Js Deloache, C Chiong

Robot Interaction Language (ROILA)

submitted by: bartneck

This video summarizes the development of ROILA, a spoken language for robots. It is constructed to make it easy for humans to learn, but also easy for the robots to understand. ROILA is optimized for the robots’ automatic speech recognition and understanding. The video also includes a demonstration of the language with a real robot.

Lexical Similarity Metrics for vocabulary learning modeling in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

submitted by: f.wild

A new method on how to support vocabulary learning by modelling the resemblance to the learner's mother tongue is reported.

Deconstructing Bilingual Education: Examination of the Impact of Proposition 227 on Student Testing Performance

submitted by: k3li
This study assesses whether bilingual education has had a positive or negative impact on ELL students' testing performance in the last eight years after Oceanside Unified School District's (OUSD) increased test scores deemed them a success story to do away with bilingual programs. Test scores of elementary ELL students from two school districts with strong opposite stances on bilingual education and two elementary schools with the largest percentage of ELL students within their districts...