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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, >and >> they are also not built on a finite number of building blocks. A >cat >> may have several different meows, but those meows can't be combined >into >> words. If conlangs can fulfil these requirements, what does it >matter >> *where* it came from? > >Science has shown that some animals convey information to each other. >A >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 >several >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. -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]