We’ve heard all kinds of wild claims about animals and language.
So what are we to make of a new finding that young goats start to bleat like their peers? Is it crazy? Or could it reveal something about human language?
UWA linguist Daniel Midgley does it for the kids on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Listen to this episode
An introductory article
The story, according to the “60-Second Science” podcast — with actual goat sounds!
The actual article (paywall, Elsevier)
We’ve seen animal “accents” before — here’s that silly BBC “cow accents” story
But it’s not so strange to vocalise like your peers. Birds do it.
Google docs link
Even New Yawkers do it.
But why do we have accents?