How does your brain pick one word from 50,000 in 0.6 seconds?

A Bangor University expert believes the constant battle for prominence between words like “cat” and “dog” could help to explain.

Dr Gary Oppenheim, of the university’s Language Production Lab, is working to reveal the “algorithms and architectures” behind vocabulary.

So he has built a computer system which aims to mimic human word production and “learns as it speaks”.

“Humans talk a lot and we’re actually amazingly good at it,” Dr Oppenheim said.

“Often, we’re producing two or three words per second and speaking about 15,000 words in a given day, which is pretty amazing.

“So my question is how do we do this? Why are we so amazingly successful?”

Read more: BBC News

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