Written Languages Are Equally Efficient at Conveying Meaning

A study led by the University of Southampton has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different languages. The research, published in the journal Cognition, finds the same amount of time is needed for a person, from for example China, to read and understand a text in Mandarin, as it takes a person from Britain to read and understand a text in English - assuming both are reading their native language.

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