A team working with the iCub humanoid robot says it can now understand what is being said to it and even anticipate the end of a sentence.
Babies can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures at just seven months old, say scientists.
At just a few hours old, babies can tell the difference between their native language and a foreign one, showing that they start learning to distinguish the sounds of speech while still in the womb.
Scientists say they've identified a crucial gene, unique to humans, that may help explain how we learned to use tools and language.
Just like us, Neanderthals were mostly right-handed, new research has confirmed - possibly indicating a capacity for language.
The best way for robots to learn language could be the same way small children do - through interaction with adults.
A resurrected catch phrase popularized by The Office for immature boys everywhere, "that's what she said," is almost unavoidable in popular conversation these days.
MIT's developed a machine-learning system that allows a computer to read the instructions for playing Civilization - in one of several different languages - and improve its game.
A pair of Australian robots have successfully created their own language from scratch and used it to communicate with one another.
Numbers above three are incomprehensible to people who don't speak a language that uses symbols for counting, say researchers at the University of Chicago.