April 30th, 2006


Chirrup warble warble (the worm is good)

Next time you hear the twitters, warbles, and rattle sounds of our bird cousins, know that they sing with proper grammar (at least the Starlings do). Research on the language of birdsong demonstrates Starlings are adept at recursive syntactic pattern learning, and they can deduce the grammar behind the patterns. That is an amazing ability once thought to be the province of humans. Our little cousins do think, or rather, they have well formed language skills.