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SSS 2010-12-08

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This is Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Karen Hopkin. This will just take a minute.

Seeing may be believing. But according to a new study—

-Excuse me, a bathroom?

-Sorry?

-Where, bathroom?

-Boat room? Oh bathroom, on the left.

Where was I? Oh, I was saying that according to a new study, the key to understanding someone with a different accent is to repeat what he says and to approximate the accent. The work appears in the journal Psychological Science.

If you speak to people from different places, you've no doubt encountered a variety of interesting accents.

-It's almost possible to not know what, what they think.

To find out how we can make sense of unfamiliar1 inflections, psychologists spoke2 to volunteers in an accent they'd invented. Some subjects were told to imitate the odd sounds. Others were told to simply listen, or to repeat the sentence in their normal voice. Turns out the mimics3 did better at deciphering the unusual exchange. The scientists say that simply moving your mouth like other folks do allows you to intuit their potentially eccentric speech patterns, and get what they say.

-Now, I understand that you are not making fun. You are to tell what I think.

Thanks for the minute. For Scientific American's 60-Second Science, I'm Karen Hopkin.


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1 unfamiliar uk6w4     
adj.陌生的,不熟悉的
参考例句:
  • I am unfamiliar with the place and the people here.我在这儿人地生疏。
  • The man seemed unfamiliar to me.这人很面生。
2 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
3 mimics f8207fb5fa948f536c5186311e3e641d     
n.模仿名人言行的娱乐演员,滑稽剧演员( mimic的名词复数 );善于模仿的人或物v.(尤指为了逗乐而)模仿( mimic的第三人称单数 );酷似
参考例句:
  • Methods:Models were generate by CT scan,Mimics software and Abaqus software. 方法:采用CT扫描,Mimics软件和Abaqus软件的CAD进行三维有限元模型的创建。 来自互联网
  • Relaxing the mind and body mimics the effect that some blood-pressure pills would have. 放松身心会产生某些降压药才能产生的效果。 来自辞典例句
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