OT: whales. Re: OT: syrinx (was Conlanging with constraints)
|Date:||Sunday, February 17, 2008, 14:26|
In a message dated 2/17/2008 04:53:10 AM Central Standard Time,
> >Ollock Ackeop <ollock@...> wrote:
> >...I decided to give them a syrinx -- which allows them
> >to produce two tones simultaneously.
> Is this really possible for birds? I never knew this. I'm hoping the
> answer is "yes," because I'd like to make it an anatomical feature in
> one of the loquent races in my conworld.
> I've included some other anatomical features in various loquent beings
> such as:
> 1. The flea's mechanism for jumping very high.
> 2. The ability to see ultraviolet & infrared.
> 3. The tapetum for increased visual acuity.
> 4. Gills.
> 5. hollow bones such as birds have.
Hmmm, while reading this it occurred to me that an interesting conworld might
be underwater, involving cetaceans. It's been done before, in a story about
the Pilot ("Storyteller" by Amy Thomson), but that's from the human
perspective. Another whale-world story is "Fluke: or I know why the winged whale sings"
by Christopher Moore.
Anyone know of other novels or stories involving cetacean societies?