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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604January 21, 2010

Language Structure Is Partly Determined by Social Structure, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world.

The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.

Audio: Sea Level Rise Bad for DE Beaches

January 21, 2010
Benjamin Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his sea-level research.
Article Source: WDEL-Radio (Wilmington)

Haiti: Making Donations Count

January 21, 2010
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is cited for its donor-advisory services.

Higher Ed Moves to Front of the Class in PA

January 21, 2010
Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli discusses Penn’s urban initiatives, and the University is credited with having “helped transform parts of their urban campus into vibrant retail centers.”
Article Source: Keystone Edge

El Rollo del ‘Árbol de la Sabiduría’

January 21, 2010
Miler Lagos discusses the opportunity to display his work at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
Article Source: Al Día (Philadelphia)
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