How do mice communicate? By smell or facial expression?
Forget it. Some mice in Costa Rica communicate by singing, and these tiny sopranos have a lot to teach us about our own language gene. What’s the connection between squeaking and speaking?
Linguist Daniel Midgley gets mousey on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Female mice like more difficult songs
Singing mice can tell us about the FOXP2 gene
A bit about sexual selection in long-tailed widowbirds
For birds, more complicated songs = good
Tecumseh Fitch’s guest post on Language Log, with information about Darwin’s views on language origins
More about the FOXP2 gene