Darwin-L Message Log 5:190 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:190>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Jan 27 23:38:33 1994

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 1994 00:49:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Language, adaptation, and bird song
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

This comes from Peter Cannell (sipad002@sivm.si.edu) who was having trouble
posting it.

Bob O'Hara (darwin@iris.uncg.edu)


I suspect that the work of Eugene Morton, at the National Zoo, Smithsonian
Institution, might be relevant to all this interesting discussion of the
adaptation of language.  His work is on evolutionary ecology of bird
vocalization, and he did a thesis many years ago on ecological adaptation
of bird vocalizations, and has worked on that topic since.  His conclusions
have always been that yes there are ecological (not necessarily regional)
influences on bird "language."

Peter F. Cannell
Science Editor, Smithsonian Institution University Press
voice: 202/287-3738 ext. 328    fax: 202/287-3637

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