Jacob Levy offers a deeply thoughtful meditation on Trump’s use of language — on the power it has exerted over Republican voters and the GOP Congress, and on the folly of imagining that his words alone won’t do serious damage to American political life, as long as he is constrained from acting.

The Washington Post

Classified as: jacob levy, Trump, language, American politics
Published on: 8 Feb 2018

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that musical training helps people hear speech syllables in loud environments, and has shown how this happens. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers Yi Du and Robert Zatorre monitored brain function as musicians and non-musicians listened to speech fragments and varying background noise levels.

Classified as: music, language, noise, Dr. Robert Zatorre, External, staff, faculty
Published on: 11 Dec 2017

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute explore why learning a second language is easier for some people

Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another may help explain why, according to a new study led by Chai Xiaoqian and Denise Klein, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, The Neuro at McGill University.  The study was published January 20 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Classified as: language
Published on: 20 Jan 2016

Language is important for any newcomer, particularly for those who wish to enter the job market. Communicating in the local language can help you through every step in the process: expanding your professional network, catching the attention of potential employers, and clinching a job interview. These two successful Montreal newcomers have followed that advice.

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Classified as: language, career advising
Published on: 9 Dec 2015

Masashi Usui has over 18 years of experience playing the saxophone. Yet when he applied to the Master of Music program at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, he was told that he needed to improve his English in order to be admitted.

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Classified as: music, language, jazz, masashi, usui
Published on: 3 Aug 2015

Natalie Zhayvoronok had a double-major in Translation and Education when she arrived in Montreal from her native Ukraine in the summer of 2010. She was planning to continue her career as an ESL teacher, but instead discovered that she couldn’t simply pick up where she left off.

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Classified as: language, Teaching, Natalie Zhayvoronok
Published on: 12 Jun 2015

 Study has far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences on adult development

An infant’s mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, (as can happen in cases of international adoption) according to a new joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the “lost” language remain in the brain.

Classified as: neuroscience, language, brain, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, bilingual, Denise Klein, mcgill faculty of medicine research, adoption
Published on: 17 Nov 2014

Scientists at The Neuro find important time factor in second-language acquisition

The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University. The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime. Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.

Classified as: culture, neuroscience, language, brain, Neurology, language understanding, bilingual, Denise Klein, monolingual
Published on: 29 Aug 2013

Registration is now open for the CRBLM Inaugural Symposium on Music and Language, to be held in Montréal, Canada on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday May 4th 2013. A brief conference program is included below.  Full details about the conference and registration information are available at  

Classified as: music, language, Development
Published on: 3 Apr 2013