Vocal Mimicry in Tursiops: Ability to Match Numbers and Durations of Human Vocal Bursts

  title={Vocal Mimicry in Tursiops: Ability to Match Numbers and Durations of Human Vocal Bursts},
  author={J. C. Lilly},
  pages={300 - 301}
  • J. C. Lilly
  • Published 1965
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • In addition to its normal underwater sonic communication path, the dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) can be trained to emit sounds from the blow-hole opened in air. By proper rewarding (positive reinforcement) and evocative techniques, such vocal emissions can be changed from the natural patterns. One such group of new sounds is said to resemble the human voice ("vocal mimicry"). Apects of these sounds which are physically determinable, specifiable, and demonstrable are the similarities in numbers… CONTINUE READING
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