Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bird 'language' and foreign-language learning

NPR just ran a little piece on how red-breasted nuthatches can understand pretty subtle differences in the warning calls of chickadees. That's very useful information if you're a nuthatch and there's a sparrowhawk flying overhead. Pretty metaphorical, but it does speak to the value of learning foreign languages.

But why do they have to call this "language"?


JJ said...

The new england football manager Fabio Capello has vowed to learn english by the 7th of January. Can he do it? Go to Capello Learn English and pledge your support!

Anonymous said...

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