Sobs and Growls Come Across In Any Language
Interesting research By Dr Disa Sauter from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands has looked at whether emotions expressed using non verbal sounds can be easily recognized across different cultures. She finds that negative emotions are recognized but positive emotions are not, with the only exception being laughter.
Could this have use in second language learning? Dialogues that emphasized negative emotions being more easily assimilated and remembered than happy situations.
BBC Radio 4 Material World 28th Jan 2010.
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