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Doitsujin
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 Message 3553 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 11:21am | IP Logged 
Even cows have different regional accents according to a BBC article, which inspired Sir Patrick Stewart to the performance of his lifetime. :-)

Edited by Doitsujin on 12 May 2015 at 11:21am

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Cavesa
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 Message 3554 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 2:02pm | IP Logged 
And do you think the "languages" of the killer whales and dolphins are mutually
intelligible? :-D

I recently read about a monkey that could use the american sign language (over 100 words)
and even taught another monkey. Do you think the dolphins would be intellectually capable
of signing if they had hands?

(papers... I feel like a monkey or a dolphin had better chances passing my exams)
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meramarina
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 Message 3555 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 3:20pm | IP Logged 
Don't forget birds ! Birds have grammar, too. They probably read this thread and laugh at the human word
nerds.

birds are nerds
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Woodsei
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 Message 3556 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 3:47pm | IP Logged 
Cavesa wrote:
(papers... I feel like a monkey or a dolphin had better chances passing
my exams)


Yes they do. Simply because they're so cute :-)


@meramarina: That makes me think, will a dog who lives in an English-speaking country
understand another language? I was once visiting a family member with some dogs, and when
I attempted a few Arabic and Japanese lines, the poor thing just stared at me :)

You know, we shouldn't derail this thread :D
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meramarina
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 Message 3557 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 4:49pm | IP Logged 
Of course we should not derail the thread--but you know you are a language nerd when you keep changing
the subject every time you learn an interesting bit of language lore! One nerdy topic leads to another . . . .

This thread doesn't have rails as much as it has tentacles reaching into all kinds of nerd topics. It's kind of
unique that way. But we have had some discussions about animal communication, and perhaps we can
contine them or start another.

As for dogs, they certainly learn and understand words, but I think they don't much care what language their
humans speak as long as they get their dinner and their tummy rubs. I have tried speaking to my dog in other
languages and he just gets a look on his face that says "That again" and waits patiently for me to get over my
language nerdiness and take him for a walk !
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Woodsei
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 Message 3558 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 7:20pm | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
Of course we should not derail the thread--but you know you are a
language nerd when you keep changing
the subject every time you learn an interesting bit of language lore! One nerdy topic
leads to another . . . .

This thread doesn't have rails as much as it has tentacles reaching into all kinds of
nerd topics. It's kind of
unique that way. But we have had some discussions about animal communication, and
perhaps we can
contine them or start another.

As for dogs, they certainly learn and understand words, but I think they don't much
care what language their
humans speak as long as they get their dinner and their tummy rubs. I have tried
speaking to my dog in other
languages and he just gets a look on his face that says "That again" and waits
patiently for me to get over my
language nerdiness and take him for a walk !


I always love reading your posts :D
I can just picture your dog, "Oh no, there she goes again, patience, patience is a
virtue!" :-) Dogs have some really expressive looks, don't they? It's a language all
by itself!
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meramarina
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 Message 3559 of 3735
12 May 2015 at 7:28pm | IP Logged 
Thank you, I always like to hear that ! I have not been as active lately, but am feeling inspired again now after
attending the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Now THAT is how you know you are a confirmed and incurable
language nerd !

Fortunately, dogs have more patience with the enthusiams of language nerds that some humans do ! But as
for the nerds--they exist--and they know it, not just in this particular thread.
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Mooby
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 Message 3560 of 3735
13 May 2015 at 7:35pm | IP Logged 
When you select 3 or more foreign language radio stations at random, put your headphones on, settle back in your chair and oscillate between them - to see what it does to your brain.

[Today's cocktail: Argentinian Spanish, German and Polish]


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