human-animal interactions

July 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

As many of my students will know I am very interested in the hows and whys of humans speaking to animals. I think we can find out quite a bit about the nature of communication and the role of animals in human society by examining patterns of animal-directed talk. Apparently though there are benefits for the animals too. Here is a little link to a very interesting part of the British Library site on birdsong and bird communication. I like how the birds featured in this section apparently initiate communication with humans for their own purposes … though there is a little reward for us in it too.

http://www.bl.uk/listentonature/specialinterestlang/langofbirds10.html

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