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Language Sciences Incubator Fund Projects Announced

26 February 2020

We are delighted to announce the latest projects supported by the Language Sciences Incubator Fund. The Incubator Fund, established by Cambridge Language Sciences with additional funding from the Isaac Newton Trust and Cambridge University Press , is a small grants fund designed to foster innovative interdisciplinary...

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Tracking down criminals through a voice parade...

17 December 2019

Congratulations to Cambridge Language Sciences network member Dr Kirsty McDougall and her team on securing Economic and Social Research Council funding worth £880,000 for their new project on ‘Improving Voice Identification Procedures’ (IVIP). IVIP is an exciting 3-year interdisciplinary project on earwitness evidence and...

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Delegates at the 2019 Language Sciences Annual Symposium

Perspectives on Language Change: Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium 2019

10 December 2019

The Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium is an annual meeting of minds, giving members of the Cambridge Language Sciences research community the opportunity to meet for an afternoon of talks, poster presentations and informal networking. This year’s Annual Symposium on Language Change took place on 19 November at...

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Hiraeth participant in radio studio

Now we’re talking: Helping young refugees and asylum-seekers build a new life in Britain

25 November 2019

For five weeks over the summer of 2019, a group of Cambridgeshire teenagers took part in an experimental programme aimed at developing communication skills, building confidence and fostering a sense of belonging. The project took its name from an ‘untranslatable’ Welsh word Hiraeth which conveys a deep longing for a home...

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2019 Postdoc Business Plan Competition winners: Simon Baker of Versed AI and project leads from Univursa and Cambridge Bioelectronics

Versed AI wins the 2019 Postdoc Business Plan Competition

5 November 2019

Congratulations to Cambridge Language Sciences network members, Simon Baker and Gamal Crichton on winning first prize in the 2019 Cambridge Enterprise Postdoc Business Plan Competition for their early-stage startup, Versed AI . Versed AI, which uses state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing (NLP) to automatically map...

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Museum of Languages Cambridge October 2019

Discovering a world of languages

21 October 2019

A Cambridge-led team seeks to revitalise languages in the UK with a series of interactive pop-up exhibitions designed to set tongues wagging. An Alice in ‘Language Wonderland’ adventure; a ‘Lost in Translation’ untranslatable word challenge; a pool of creatures carrying words loaned to English like emoji, rucksack and...

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Girls Talking

Mechanisms of real-time speech interpretation in the human brain revealed

1 October 2019

Scientists have come a step closer to understanding how we’re able to understand spoken language so rapidly, and it involves a huge and complex set of computations in the brain. The way our brain enables us to understand what someone is saying, as they’re saying it, is remarkable. By looking at the real-time flow of...

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Teaching kitchens

Teaching kitchens

16 July 2019

Thanks to funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, a chance meeting with nutrition education charity NNEdPro in Cambridge has enabled Professor Ianthi Tsimpli to take her research out of the classroom and into the teaching kitchens of Kolkata’s slums. It’s food for thought. At first glance, a nutrition education...

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A tough linguistic choice for parents of autistic children

29 March 2019

Katie Howard , University of Cambridge ; Jenny Gibson , University of Cambridge , and Napoleon Katsos , University of Cambridge Bilingual or multilingual families have difficult choices to make if their child is diagnosed with autism. While it is certainly possible to be bilingual if you are autistic, many parents are...

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Research at the chalk face: connecting academia and schools

25 March 2019

Researchers in Cambridge’s Faculty of Education are working with teachers to improve the experience of learning in the East of England – and boost pupils’ life chances. The projects work because schools in our region, which is very diverse, want to work with us. This is not just pie in the sky, ivory tower stuff: it is...

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.