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Why Do We Say “Wide Awake”?
"The lovely term far nights, with its obsolete genitive, meaning “late in the night,” goes back to Wyatt’s time, and far days even farther."
language  writing 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Dolphins may be calling each other by name - CNN.com
"It seems one dolphin can call another specifically by mimicking the distinct whistle of that other dolphin. "These whistles actually turned out to be names. They're abstract names, which is unheard of in the animal kingdom beyond people.""
language 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Music and spirituality may be legacies of motherese: expert
"Professor Parncutt said one of the most compelling arguments is that music is based on ‘motherese’, a universal form of sonic and gestural communication between mothers and infants, which probably emerged between one and two million years ago as brain size increased and the gestation period of humans shortened. As infants became increasingly fragile, mother-infant communication became increasingly important for survival..."
history  language  music 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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