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Darwin-L Message Log 6:84 (February 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<6:84>From mahaffy@dordt.edu  Tue Feb 15 23:10:57 1994

Subject: Whale "speech" (fwd)
To: Address Darwin list <Darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 1994 23:10:36 -0600 (CST)
From: James Mahaffy <mahaffy@dordt.edu>

For those interested in whale speech this message was forwarded to me.
It is outside my area of expertise, so correspondence should probably be
directed to the literature they suggest or the original posters.

James F. Mahaffy
Forwarded message:
> Date: Wed, 16 Feb 1994 00:47:36 -0400
> From: Lindy Weilgart/ Hal Whitehead <HWHITEHE@ac.dal.ca>
> Subject: Whale "speech"
> To: mahaffy@dordt.edu
>
> It is best to check the original literature on this one.  Sperm whale
> social sounds (patterned series of clicks called "codas") off the Galapagos
> Islands could be categorized into 23 fairly discrete types.  There seemed
> to be a degree of order in the way these codas were used.  Sequential
> analysis revealed that certain coda types were more likely to follow
> particular other coda types, indicating that codas were not produced in
> a random manner.  Anyway, the reference is Weilgart, L. and Whitehead, H.
> 1993. Coda communication by sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) off the
> Galapagos Islands. Can. J. Zool. 71: 744-752.
>                     Lindy Weilgart

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James F. Mahaffy                   e-mail: mahaffy@dordt.edu
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