In a world of languages with different origins and pronunciations, how do you determine which language is the best?
A team of linguists have proposed a way to figure this out, and it could transform the way we think about languages.
They suggest that language learning is more about how a language sounds than it is about the language itself.
It turns out that different languages have a lot in common and can be understood by different people, they report.
“What we think of as ‘language’ is in fact much more than that,” said study co-author Dr Janette A. Osterhaus from the University of Oxford.
“A lot of the language you learn in school is actually very different from what you hear in your own language.”
A lot more of the time, you are learning a new vocabulary, or a new grammatical construct, or even new ways of thinking about the world.
“The team has been studying the structure of languages, and they’re finding a strong link between how language sounds and how people interpret it.
It’s not just that the sounds are the same for different languages, but that the same language can be very different to how people perceive it.
Dr Osteraufs team found that people who were better at perceiving their own language had a stronger ability to distinguish between their own and another language.
That ability helped them understand more complex situations like whether a sentence is grammatically correct or not.
“We didn’t want to make it as hard as possible to do, because language changes over time.””
The study was a little bit of a challenge to do,” Dr Oesterhaus said.
“We didn’t want to make it as hard as possible to do, because language changes over time.”
But we found that a lot of people were better than average at understanding their own languages.
And it turns out they were able to pick up on things that they had previously been unaware of.
“The study has just been published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
It looks at how different groups of people learn different languages and how that might influence how we perceive the different languages.
Dr A.O. Osters team says that there’s evidence to suggest that different groups tend to be better at understanding each other’s languages, as well as other languages.
For instance, people in urban areas tend to understand more the way people in rural areas speak, and that is likely because they have more time and experience with a different way of learning a language.
But people in more rural areas may be more comfortable speaking in the same way they do, and may have more experiences with other languages, so they might be able to see a connection between their language and their own, she said.
Dr. Oesteraus said this could be a good thing. “
For example, we found the people who had the most experiences with their own culture were more likely to perceive it as a language of others, and to see it as something that belongs to their culture,” Dr A Osteraus said.
Dr. Oesteraus said this could be a good thing.
“People may be used to being more comfortable with their language than people who are not used to it, so if they have these experiences they might have more of an opportunity to adapt to a different language than a culture that they are not familiar with.”
They also have some research to look at.
The research looked at more than 50,000 people in Canada, and the researchers say they’re not the only ones to find that.
“This is a new way of looking at language learning and this is something we are excited about,” Dr. A Osters said.