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Re: musical talk? (sally)

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Sunday, October 25, 1998, 2:28
On Sat, 24 Oct 1998 19:19:35 -0400, Baba <fikhduv@...>

>Great idiots, er minds, think alike ;-) I'd an idea for a cat-like >alien who'd dual vocal chords so the 'tonal' languages of that world >used pitch, as chinese does, to distinguish homophones, while the >interval carried other info like "formality" fer' instance. ;-)
That would be a good language for birds. The syrinx of a bird can produce two notes at once, which you can hear in slowed-down recordings of some bird songs (the Veery and related thrushes have a really intricate = harmonic progression) and even at normal speed in some birds (some kind of = penguin, I don't remember which).