The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Worried you won't be understood while wearing a mask? Don't be. We studied how people sound while talking through fabric and the results are encouraging.

Dominic Watt, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science, University of York • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Why do kids call their parents 'Mom' and 'Dad'?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.

Denise Bodman, Principal Lecturer in Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Why people take offence

It's all about context.

Tahmineh Tayebi, Lecturer, Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University • conversation
March 4, 2020 ~6 min

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