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    The word "huh" is found in languages all over the world.

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    Though people have tried to create them, no universal language has ever ben adopted.

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    The word "okay" is understood in most places worldwide.

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The only word that's truly universal - huh? Laci Green tells us why and how this simple expression gained a global understanding. Read More: Is "Huh?" a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0078273 "A word like Huh?-used as a repair initiator when, for example, one has not clearly heard what someone just said- is found in roughly the same form and function in spoken languages across the globe." Is 'Huh?' a universal word? http://huh.ideophone.org/ Huh? Universals of conversation http://www.mpi.nl/news/universals-of-conversation A word like 'Huh?' -used when one has not caught what someone just said-appears to be universal: it is found to have very similar form and function in languages across the globe. The Unsuccessful Quest For A Universal Language http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=185348917 Within science circles, trying to come up with a new universal language was a trendy past-time in the 17th Century. How 'OK' took over the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12503686 "It crops up in our speech dozens of times every day, although it apparently means little. So how did the word "OK" conquer the world, asks Allan Metcalf." Researchers Discover Huh? Means Huh? Around The Globe http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/6292/20131109/researchers-discover-huh-means-around-globe.htm 'Huh' is used worldwide: study http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/huh-worldwide-study-article-1.1512350 "The Dutch researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics found that the sound is becoming 'indispensible' in language - from Ghana to Australia." Explore The Languages Of The World http://www.ethnologue.com/ How Many Languages Are There in the World? http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/how-many-languages-are-there-world The object of inquiry in linguistics is human language, in particular the extent and limits of diversity in the world's languages. Watch More Ancient Words We Still Use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLswn9bIobU TestTube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-264-strange-eating-disorder-ramen-addiction?utm_source=YT&utm_medium=DNews&utm_campaign=DNWC How Dialects Are Formed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CMT7UC5XG4 ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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    Speaking two languages means the brain has to work harder, which also means it works more when problem-solving.

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    One researcher hypothesized that's why people tend to revert to their native language when angry.

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Do you want to know the secret to being more reasonable? Try learning another language! Follow Julian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jhug00 Read More: The Perks of Bickering in a Second Language http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/12/perks-of-bickering-in-a-second-language.html “On the most recent episode of ‘On the Media,’ there was a really interesting segment in which Brooke Gladstone spoke with Boaz Keysar and Albert Costa, two researchers working on the question of how bilingual people might make certain decisions differently depending on which language the decision is described in.” Learning Another Language Boosts Your Ability to Make Rational Decisions http://www.medicaldaily.com/learning-another-language-boosts-your-ability-make-rational-decisions-243285 “Time to brush off that German textbook - and not just because you'll be able to communicate with German speakers. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that learning a foreign language may boost people's ability to make rational decisions.” Second Language Translates Into Clearer Thinking http://www.psmag.com/education/second-language-translates-into-clearer-thinking-41740/ “Would you like to think more rationally, especially where your finances are concerned? Did you learn a second language in school — say, Spanish?” ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/tracedominguez Tara Long on Twitter https://twitter.com/TaraLongest DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com Download the TestTube App: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - I'm getting a bit linguistic in this week's video, from the Welsh village of Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch. And as often happens with linguistics, the answer depends on how you define things. What counts as a word, after all?
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Why is it that humans can speak but chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, cannot? The human brain is uniquely wired to produce language. Untangling this wiring is a major frontier of brain research. Peer into the mental machinery behind language with this feature video, which visits a brain-scanning laboratory—Columbia University's Program for Imaging and Cognitive Sciences, or PICS. Columbia neuroscientist Joy Hirsch and New York University psychologist Gary Marcus explain what researchers have learned about how our brain tackles language—and what's left to learn.