The human instrument
In a wind instrument the variation is by the airflow and the length of the column of vibrating air. In speech, as well as adjusting…
Are ape gestures like words?
There is a perennial question: What do animals understand? In a new paper Cat Hobaiter and her colleagues ask: Are ape gestures like words? They…
Death of Raymond Briggs
The death of author and illustrator Raymond Briggs last Wednesday is a sad day for children’s literature. A bright light has gone out.
Thank you, NHS and Ambulance Service
In the last four years I have had three episodes of septicaemia. On two of these I passed out before getting to hospital. My wife…
First Biolinguistics Conference
I have just spent three days at a fascinating conference on biolinguistics, as the field now describes itself.