Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monkeys talking, again

Awwww, language coverage by the BBC. This time, it's putty-nosed monkeys in Nigeria. And the argument is that they are combining relatively few sounds in different ways to convey distinct meanings. These messages include systematic elements: who's talking, what they saw, and whether they "intend to travel".

The report's too sparse for me to say much more — how many sounds are we talking, and how systematically are they combined, etc. But don't monkeys recognize the voices of other monkeys in the group?

Hat tip to Elliott.

1 comment:

Mrs. V said...

Mrs. Verb would just like to point out that she saw the Monkees (the singing ones, not the talking ones) in 1967 or 68 (her memory's a little hazy on the details but hell it was 40 freakin years ago). Her mother took her, an act of great selflessness.