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.