Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Feb 2017
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    LEFT-SIDE or RIGHT-SIDE?

    This is an extract from "Not just a pretty face" on The Guardian.It talks about a research on children's ability to talk in early stages.


    The research team looked at the way babies moved their mouths when babbling (making sounds with a consonant-vowel repetition) and contrasted this with the movements when they smiled or made non-babbling noises. They studied five English infants and five French infants to be sure they weren't studying mouth movements specific to one language. They found that when the babies smiled, they opened the left sides of their mouths, using more muscles on the left side of the face. When they were making 'non-babbling' noises they used the middle of the mouth, and when they babbled they pulled down on the right side of the mouth, using more right-side muscles.

    'The mouth is being carved out depending on the function of what's coming out,' Petitto explains. 'And this function could only occur if different parts of the brain are participating in the control of the different functions.' Her researchers deduced that 'the right side of the face - used for smiling - is controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, where the emotional control centres are located'. But babbling 'is a left-side mouth function and controlled by the right side of the brain - the centre for language'.

    I wonder why in the first paragraph, it mentions "SMILING using more muscles on the LEFT side" and "BABBLING using more RIGHT-side muscles", but in paragraph 2, her researchers came to the conclusion that "the RIGHT side of the face (is) used for SMILING" and "BABBLING is a LEFT-side mouth function". These two ideas seem to contradict each other. Can you explain this to me? Thank you.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Europe
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 13,691
    #2

    Re: LEFT-SIDE or RIGHT-SIDE?

    It seems that the editors did not pick up a mistake there.

  3. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 26,912
    #3

    Re: LEFT-SIDE or RIGHT-SIDE?

    More answers here.

  4. teechar's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq

    • Join Date: Feb 2015
    • Posts: 7,776
    #4

    Re: LEFT-SIDE or RIGHT-SIDE?

    kittigger, please do not post the same question on multiple sites at the same time. Post it to one forum and wait for some answers. If you're not satisfied with the answers you get, try another forum, but please provide a link to where you've already asked the question and also indicates what you still don't understand.

    Simultaneously posting a question on multiple forums wastes our time!

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Taylor walked from side to side of the street very anxious.
    By Nikitus in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-Jan-2017, 19:50
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2016, 21:52
  3. Five square boxes on the left side of my screen.
    By MikeNewYork in forum Support Area
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Aug-2014, 11:14
  4. [Grammar] Kimchi: side dish or side dishes
    By naweewra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 31-May-2014, 07:10

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •