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Chinese and Perfect Pitch

November 29th, 2010 — 1:19am

Chinese students are five times more likely to develop perfect pitch than western students. Their musical aptitude stems from the tonal nature of the Chinese language; the same word can have different meanings depending on its pitch.

Musical Notes

Source: Radiolab: Musical Language

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Number of Languages on Earth

November 23rd, 2010 — 1:03am

A recent study showed there are approximately 6,800 distinct living languages. A quarter of them have fewer than 1,000 speakers.

Page of Hieroglyphics

Source: The Politics of English as a World Language

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