Warblish: Verbal Mimicry of Birdsong

  title={Warblish: Verbal Mimicry of Birdsong},
  author={Hannah S. Sarvasy},
  journal={Journal of Ethnobiology},
  pages={765 - 782}
There are three principal methods humans use to evoke avian vocalizations. This paper explores the two that are constrained by human language: onomatopoeia and warblish. In onomatopoeia, new words are created to mimic sounds within the constraints of a language's phonology. Warblish, named and thoroughly described for the first time in this paper, is the imitation of avian vocalizations using existing words in human language. None of the conventionalized ways humans imitate birdsong has yet… Expand
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