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Does my booty look funny in this?

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A raccoon and a buzzard meet up in a circus and have a giggle.

You laughing yet? No?

Strange. The sentence is composed of some of the funniest words in the English language, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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Academics unsure about EMI

Academics’ attitude towards EMI is best described as ‘ambivalent’, new research has found.

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Bilinguals better at recognising voices

Lucélia Ribeiro Sandy

Claudia Civinini writes

Bilingualism is known to give children many advantages, but a new one has been added to the list.

A new piece of research has revealed that bilingual children are better than their monolingual counterparts at recognising voices.

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Neuroscience savvy is little protection from neuromyths

Training in education and neuroscience predicts a lower endorsement of neuromyths, a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology shows. However, results showed that participants with high neuroscience exposure still endorsed a large percentage of neuromyths.

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‘Don’t give up on Germany’s early start policies’, says academic


Prof Eva Wilden says there is not enough evidence to suggest the programmes will fail.

Early language learning in Germany has not failed its purpose – but more research is needed to understand why early starters lose their lead at secondary level, an academic has told the Gazette.

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The moist hated words in the English language


Claudia Civinini writes

Is there a reason why people hate the word ‘moist’? Research says there is – and it has to do with its semantics more than its sound.
With social media periodically bringing up the topic, we decided to dig for the evidence.

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Languages influence perception of time


by Claudia Civinini

How you perceive time depends on the language you speak, a new study suggests.

The research adds to growing evidence that shows ‘the ease with which language can creep into our most basic senses, including our emotion and our visual perception’, researchers said.

In an experiment on Swedish-Spanish bilinguals, linguists Professor Panos Athanasopoulos and Professor Emanuel Bylund observed that participants understood time duration differently according to the language they used.

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