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Dolphin Research Conlang

From:David Stokes <dstokes@...>
Date:Monday, February 26, 2001, 15:20
I found this news story about researchers using a conlang to communicate
with dolphins. The whole story may be found at,1294,41705,00.html

and the project homepage is at


from WiredNews:

Researchers at Sea Life Park Hawaii are working on a way to get humans
even closer to our flipper friends: They're devising a common language
of dolphin-like whistles.

Already, dolphins recognize sounds for four words: ball, disk, leaf and
barrel -- all of which are objects that the dolphins being tested are
familiar with.

"We have developed a whistle word language -- words represented as
whistles," said Dr. Ken Marten, director of the dolphin research
initiative Project Delphis.

Marten's whistle language does not replicate the dolphin's language;
rather, it is an artificial approximation of it.