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Topic: Allophones? Examining Bonobo Vocalization in a Multi-stratal Perspective by William Greaves
Posted - 10/03/2004 : 11:49:40
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
English Department, Glendon College, York University, Toronto
Allophones? Examining Bonobo Vocalization in a Multi-stratal Perspective
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Date: 11th March 2004 (Thursday)
Venue: B7603 (CTL Multi-purpose Room), City University of Hong Kong
Bonobos are a species of ape which share 99.7% of their genes with humans. Kanzi was raised from infancy by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh at the Language Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Most bonobo vocalization is around 2000 Hz., much higher than human speech sound. Some members of the human-bonobo cultural context which has developed at the Language Research Center can, however, recognize some of these vocalizations as English words, especially as the apes have learned to lower their pitch? Sometimes as low as 300 Hz. Do they produce allophones of English in a bonobo dialect?
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