Dolphins May Have a Spoken Langauge

Dolphins are commonly known as one of the most intelligent animals. A recent research has revealed something beyond this notion: Dolphins may have a highly developed spoken language. While some of the scientists argue that more research has to be done for them to conclude that dolphins have a spoken language, Vyacheslav Ryabov, a Russian researchers, claims in his paper, “[dolphins’] language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language.” According to Ryabov, dophins have two different types of noises they use for communication: whistles and clicks, also known as pulses. Ryabov recorded these sounds and theorized that each pulse is a word and a collection of pulses is a sentence in the dolphins’ language. In his paper, he even suggests that communication between humans and dolphins may be possible in the future. Other researchers agree that this is a remarkable step in the under-researched field of dolphin communication, but argue that the result will have to be replicated in open water environments for Ryabov to take further steps in his research.

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Soomin is a Composition major from Seoul, Korea and the rest of her family lives in the Philippines. She speaks English and Japanese (but no kanji), and is studying Spanish. She loves learning new languages because she believes that language is the most powerful way to understand and explore the culture. She enjoys traveling with her friends during vacations, which makes her spend all the money she has saved for a semester. In her free time, Soomin likes to collect vintage clothes, watch movies and Korean TV shows, listen to music, and read books.

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