posted on Jan, 27 2005 @ 04:32 AM
Since im studying bioology at the university, and have just read a book on evolution and animal behavior, ill try to give my views on the subject.
Originally posted by Koka
If a dog from, lets say Japan, were to meet a dog from, lets say, England, could they hold a conversation using the the medium of bark.ü
I guess they could'nt. In some way I would expect dogs to evolve different dialects which over time would turn into different 'dog languages'. On
the other hand, I dont know how 'mature'/evolved/developed the dogs vocal chord is, when compared to humans.. Maybe they arent able to develop a
dialect of some sort since their vocal chord cant make such different sounds?
What about Dolphins? or maybe not, as I believe they use sonar, which is believed to create imagery of some sort.
Dolphins use sonar to navigate, not primary communication. They make high pitched sounds for this.
Think of bats, they also use sonar for navigation, but sounds for communication.
I would expect them to be able to detect another dolphins soundwaves though, but not get any other information than 'theres a dolphin'.
OK birds of a feather, would they tweet and still understand each others song?
Yes, birds do understand each other of the same species. They are born with a basic crude knowledge of how their species song is, but perfectionize it
by listening to others of the same species' song.
But if you mean understand each other between kontinents, I have same opinions as with the dogs.
Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
I have hispanic friends and the dog they have is very sweet but only answers to Spanish spoken commands. So this dog 'speaks' spanish I guess, but
it gets alonf famously with the English speaking dogs of the neigborhood...so Im thinking dogs comunicate on a levell all theyre own.
I would expect that to be because the dog has learned that 'casa' means 'house' and so on, not that it 'speaks' spanish. You yourself confirm
this by saying it gets along just fine with english dogs. This again both contradicts but also confirms my initial opinions. (See top of this post)