Posts tagged communication
Flowers may be silent, but scientists have just discovered that electric fields allow them to communicate with bumblebees and possibly other species, including humans. Read more
(I KNEW my flowering office cactus was trying to communicate with me before it fell on my lap… then it really got my attention.)
the elephants must have had a meeting after that whale from last week. they couldn’t let themselves be one-upped.
An Asian elephant male named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that others who know the language can understand.
The elephant’s vocabulary at present consists of five words: annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down), and choah (good).
annyong reminds me of arrested development.
Certain whales can imitate the voices of humans
The marine mammal, a white whale named NOC, copied the sound of people so well that at first, researchers thought they were hearing humans conversing in the distance. A diver who worked with NOC once even left the water, wondering, “Who told me to get out?” The voice turned out to be that of NOC.
“They are highly vocal animals,” lead author Sam Ridgway of the National Marine Mammal Foundation told Discovery News, adding that NOC was not the first to copy human speech.
“A major instance occurred at Vancouver Aquarium in 1979,” he said. “In that case, people thought the whale uttered his name (“Lagosi”) and other sounds that were like garbled German or Russian. Our whale was the second example, however, ours was the first solid demonstration using acoustic analysis including ‘voice print’ simultaneously with human speech.”
i wonder what it would take for this to happen again… would China have to launch people to the moon or mars to get American’s excited about space again?
Fifty-five years ago today, the Soviet Union launched history’s first artificial satellite.
Sputnik was an innocuous satellite; Soviet scientists behind the launch were just happy to successfully put the probe into orbit. But in the United States the reaction was different.
The engineering feat very quickly gave way to hysteria and paranoia. President Eisenhower initially downplayed the role of the satellite as a threat to find that he’d grossly underestimated its psychological impact.
I’ve always been fascinated by “fictional” languages.
I put fictional in quotes because if it’s a language isn’t it a language? For example, though Klingons of Star Trek and Elves of Lord of the Rings don’t exist, people still learn and become fluent in their language.
Is Dothraki a real language? What do you think?
The HBO series “Game of Thrones” transports audiences to a fantasy world in which the politics and violence are as brutally real as our own. The Dothraki are a nomadic warrior tribe that figure heavily in the series. When the show’s creators were looking for someone to invent a language for the Dothraki people, they needed something that sounded as believable as the bloody battles looked.
The Berkeley-trained linguist and Language Creation Society member David Peterson got the job when he submitted a 300-page book of Dothraki vocabulary and grammar. More.
(Photo: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” / CC Dothraki language)
- Want to learn Klingon? Visit the Klingon Language Institute.
- Want to learn Elvish? Visit Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.
- Want to learn Dothraki? Visit the New York Times or this old looking website.
This year, enormous strides have been made in understanding non-human animal vocalizations. But will we ever be able to hold meaningful conversations with another species, such that both sides understand each other?
Consider what we’ve learned about dolphins recently.