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Greenkey2
24-08-06, 15:56
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5277090.stm

The only thing I can say about this is http://foolstown.com/sm/wow.gif

Oh and :vlol: What will those farmers think of next?

tha_mattster
24-08-06, 15:58
Heard about this yesterday, I don't know why it would surprise people. Animals are more intelligent that most people think!

Did you know 8% of Tomb Raider Legend players are Sparrows?

rika2
24-08-06, 16:24
I saw this yesterday when I was zaping... funny :D

Mytly
24-08-06, 16:31
It's nonsense :rolleyes:. Just a bit of publicity for cheese (presumably made from the milk from the cows with accents).
Apparently the linguist quoted said that it was unlikely, though such a phenomenon has been studied in birds. but of course, that wouldn't make for a good story, so he was creatively misquoted.
Check out the story behind the story here:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003493.html (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/%7Emyl/languagelog/archives/003493.html)
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003494.html (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/%7Emyl/languagelog/archives/003494.html)

Blackmoor
24-08-06, 16:34
Cute. :)

Now whenever we see a farmer in future, leaning against a gate, chewing on a blade of grass, we'll know exactly what he's contemplating.

:D

Mona Sax
24-08-06, 16:52
Wouldn't be surprised at all. Many animal species are known to have accents (humans, birds, dolphins, sharks).

Lew
24-08-06, 17:19
How sad.... :D

Lavinder
24-08-06, 17:20
LOL

Cow : How ya' doin' chuck?
Farmer : 'orite,.... wha' the??!?!

jarhead
24-08-06, 17:20
Wouldn't be surprised at all. Many animal species are known to have accents (humans, birds, dolphins, sharks).

yep agreed

i dont know why people are surprised, were only 1 out of billions of species, and there not that different to us, just cause we cant undertsnad them

T.Onix
24-08-06, 19:15
I see now why english and mexican cows just don't get along.... They don't understand each other?

Lone Raider
24-08-06, 20:52
my dog speaks english with a Bristol accent and High german.

Mytly
25-08-06, 04:42
yep agreed

i dont know why people are surprised, were only 1 out of billions of species, and there not that different to us, just cause we cant undertsnad them

There is a major difference in this case - human languages are learned (i.e. they are not innate behaviour), whereas most animal sounds (including cows' moos) are instinctual behaviour. To put it differently, people can have accets because they learn to speak the language they speak from the people around them (parents, friends, neighbours, etc.). Cow do not learn to moo from other cows, they do it by instinct and the ability to moo is inborn.

PirateRose
25-08-06, 04:52
My family used to have this dog that we got that was about a year and a half from a Mexican family. We'd give him commands like speak and sit, and he wouldn't do it. Then one day, I was practicing for my spanish class, and for fun, and shouted speak in spanish at him and he barked. I told him to sit in spanish and he sat.

Very interesting, I believe it. They aren't saying they are speaking languages, its just the fact their voices sound different compaired to other groups of cows. They just do what a lot of animals do, especially humans. Listen/watch to the parent, and imitate.

Angelx14
25-08-06, 06:16
Lol, I think it's funny.:D

Autolycus
25-08-06, 08:13
:vlol: Suppose it could be true...wait what am i saying,that can't be true.