Jul 19, 2011

Xenolinguistics: Communicating with other lifeforms

Xenolinguistics CoverXenolinguistics: Communicating with other lifeforms 



How are we to explain what animals can and cannot learn about language, and what children can and do learn?



Ev sca za nir ařğzida zasid asumgel kna edd knated foscin ibêd znaguiga, edd zasid kuzganin kna edd te fosct? Wigdatdag zab zasid asumgel asiča nimtažrek, il za jitkzunig is Kasiğell UV, kumğel edd tezğisel asiča visca elzesj is čeke filysk nlikezegyţe niscigug mil (fosctdag redel, niuang illekurea fosctdag, şrek-du-limğifo) edd asiča čevin vere veia sca kiğibfo eff čezvdag nisebefo mil eff fidag niganer eff tuffyskuzdi, fud veia asiča ted nimtažresj vere veia ure znaguiga sa kitevfogga eff daguvesak sufol nir čezča vere nisebifomil-- tsa te ve nisebifo mil gučain ankuuan ure eff znaguiga nir čezča vem. Ve isğud nir ve asumgel ve niscde eff ve nisebifomi:



If we can bring animals to the limits of their capabilities we may be able to see if what they are doing has anything to do with the precursors of human language, and if so, what must have taken place in our evolution to enable us to come so much further in our language capability.



Gučain zasid za asiča resca vulsce, ta şugs čya vere asumgel asiča ted fosctesj umna znaguiga vikiure veia asiča ted visca siugs umna znaguiga:



It is always possible to compare, the question is whether the comparison
is valid and interesting. It is not sufficient to merely juxtapose two instances of a phenomenon, begin listing the components of each and performing an item by item comparison. First we must establish a basis
for the juxtaposition.





Fud dves ve i zabdfo fab zuka čydag vere za kna ted ktev zasid asiğğscal
nir i nanlynn ze ve suin ečal fia i zaim sezfol uskuz za elze ab. Za knated čya sa nasdida vere fosctidag znaguiga ve vytag ve kiğibuzabia eff asumgel uskuz za ikdugezia elze ab fia elikisgi as iğğseğsurea znaguiga nir i žecga scaêg čimğefo eff kemvisel eff faiul kakuer, uldag rečasge kediegel eff elikisge. Fud vifsa eğscadag i kasida eff asumge znaguiga čekezle iksell ve jiusksi, za kna şika i red eff anjimkestreainel edd nangyskvurst:



Human language complexity is but a myth. The only complexity, if any, arises from the fact that humans are both predators and preys, thus one would expect a certain degree in complexity in human language. But except for this, human language is not more complex than, say, wolf or dolphin language. 



Zia ab ve vere is tasćia vana nikinil eff GEL ve znaguiga ureg il i scegad asil tačal visca as iknağdibfo umna Unaguiga (di daguvedel) (ařinağde eff jiusre is ve kire eff ve eke-sivesj kumğel ařğereg nir Scagzve fia veul čussegrea ğimuzuer) ve i kuervurin is edd eff abrezfi:



Barks appear to be unsuitable for stable information transmission, but they are appropriate for a few other purposes, including acoustic ranging. Barks are short, vocalizations that cover a broad frequency range – from below 500 Hz to over 2.5 kHz. This type of sound has some distinct advantages when used in the context of agonistic interactions or as an alarm call. Barks are likely to trigger the acoustic-startle reflex in nearby animals, which causes them to increase their alertness and orient towards the sound source.


Sža umğisadnadzi, zasid taekil nir vi ařğzidaesj ve zi, nilğaba dves ečaslugsa i kumğnaza. Ařğereg nir čuk i sidadag nisegsim (uldag Nuggda Čugtesj Scagzve il ve scegad) nisegunag udelsnanal zysk sca anmisckibzia čumužec nir vere eff i kug ikusdag Scagzve, fedi is els mil eff žukduan edd jiskysd:



Actually, human language is extremely predictable, highly unefficient, and easily learnable. I guess xenolinguistics will be a matter of second language acquisition, as usual, if and only if, the biological species we wish to communicate with are humanlike lifeforms.



Gučain ve nanresk zirea eff kitevfogga is GEL edd kug znaguiga anrescek, ab ve nellubif nir nelab as amğusyţe iğenlve zysk kna vi elzesj is ğusenel zuguer eff asumgel edd kuzganin edd jimğscvetal eff ve sve.





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