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
and the project homepage is at
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
"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.