An eye opener

john at john at
Tue Oct 26 19:00:05 UTC 2010

Shannon recently sent an article in which it was argued that (IIRC) birds, bats,
elephants, dolphins, and whales all have more developed communicative
vocalizations than primates and speculated on what in the brain this is
associated with.

Quoting Yuri Tambovtsev <yutamb at>:

> Dear Aya, it is an eye opener. Do you really mean that your parrot can speak
> better than your primate? I mean both better sounds and better phrases? Why
> so? Does it mean that birds with their limited brain can learn to speak? You
> wrote that your parrot spoke proper words in proper situations. Is that true?
> The speech apparatus and the mind of birds is quite different from that of
> the primate. I wonder how our Funknet colleagues can explain it? The books
> and articles I read say that parrots and other birds just immitate the sounds
> without understanding them. What you say is a novelty. As you know I study
> different sounds human beings use in different languages. I was always
> surprised why different people all over the world produce more or less the
> same sounds in their speech chains. Did you notice that your parrot produced
> human sounds equally well? Be well, Yuri Tambovtsev, Novosibirsk, Russia

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