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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments http://www.newscientist.com/article/d...

If the birds start posting on TC, how will we know if their grammar is correct or not? I'm sitting on the deck, right now, listening to birds all around, and they seem quite proper with their tweeting.

message 2: by Annie (new)

Annie (agrunwe) Great. Now if only we could get human beings to tweet using proper grammar, too...

message 3: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24150 comments Mod
In humans, a region called Broca's area is activated when we hear ungrammatical sentences...

I have run into some people who don't have a Broca's area.

message 4: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24150 comments Mod
I spend a lot of time listening to bird calls and songs, so the idea that they have a grammar/syntax is unsurprising. I've been paying attention to the two-note chickadee calls and they don't always start on the same note, though they usually do. Sometimes the second call will start one note below.

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