How A Toddler Learns To Talk?

A massive data-collection effort reveals patterns in the ways that children learn language.

The MIT Media Lab's Human Speechome Project has collected more than 80,000 hours of video and 120,000 hours of audio recordings documenting the first two years of a child's life. The result is a massive database of parent-child interactions, illustrated in this graphic. Click on any word below to see when the child learned it and how often the child and his parents used it.

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Google Ngram Viewer Gauges Word Popularity Over Centuries

Google launched Ngram Viewer, an experiment to let lay users and researchers search and study the waxing and waning of phrase instances over 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 that Google has indexed in its cloud computing system. There's a whole community of Ngram collection going on over at

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The Most Widely Spoken Languages of the World

A subway map style infographic, The Most Widely Spoken Languages of the World, shows some of the primary countries and the languages they speak.  Each track is a different language, and the connection point are countries where that language is one of the dominant languages.  The actual number estimates behind how many people speak each of the top languages is listed in the legend.

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