Re: LUNATIC again
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 8, 1998, 0:55|
On Sat, 7 Nov 1998 17:51:04 -0600 Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
>Nik Taylor wrote:
>> Animal communication wouldn't be language because, first
>> off, they typically only communicate emotions, and not information,
>> they are also not built on a finite number of building blocks. A
>> may have several different meows, but those meows can't be combined
>> words. If conlangs can fulfil these requirements, what does it
>> *where* it came from?
>Science has shown that some animals convey information to each other.
>good example is bees. Bees do a certain dance to tell other bees where
>good flowers are. Among mammals, one species of animal can have
>different sounds, used for different purposes. Some animals have a
>distinct cry when predators approach, for instance. (Of course, one
>might say this is conveying fear, an emotion.)
In a recent issue of Discover magazine, there's a very interesting
article about language and the evolution of language capability in
humans. It mentions that vervet monkeys have different calls that they
use as warnings for different predators - one for "leopard", and one for
"eagle", for instance.
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