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Message  MurielB le Lun 7 Mar - 14:21

The other day, I came across an extraordinary vocable article about elephant sounds and it reminded me of our discussion about languages. It was written by Joyce Pool, a lady who has been studying elephant languages for more than 35 Years. At first, she was interested by male elephants signals, especially during sexual and aggressive behaviour. This study led her to go deeper into the question: The elephant vocal communication. This study has mostly been taking place in Kenya. About 90% of their sounds are called rumbles. They are very low frequency sounds. (A part of them are below human hearing) According to Joyce they mean: “Nice to see you» and she is pretty sure about that. There is another sound, the trumpeting sound. They are made when the elephants are playing and are feeling happy It‘s true that elephants express emotions! They can also be very sad and distressed and they scream. (For instance when they have been pushed into the swamp by someone and left behind)
I found this study very interesting what about you ? Very Happy Very Happy


Dernière édition par MurielB le Ven 30 Sep - 8:43, édité 1 fois

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Re: Elephant sounds

Message  gerardM le Lun 7 Mar - 21:09

Hi Muriel, hi everyone,
MurielB a écrit:... At first, she was interested by male elephants signals...
- interested has to be followed by "in".
I asked a native about this and she responded she forgave the French for using "by" but she would prefer "in".
- "elephant" is here grammatically an adjective and teh "s" has to be removed.

I also read that elephants were very social and were able to stay close to a dead colleague, especially baby.

I read elephants were hearing other far groups thanks to the ground.

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Message  MurielB le Mar 8 Mar - 11:44

thank you, Gérard, I will remember Very Happy

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Message  gerardM le Mar 8 Mar - 17:14

You're very welcome Muriel!

- "interested in" is a verb (past participle) that we have to use rather often...
- nouns employed as adjectives are also very frequent (no "s", no plural).

You know about the Saxon genitive -> Paul's pipe or today's agenda
This case is not permitted for everything (tho the tendency...) and for objects, it's still easier as they just use the "object" as an adjective eg the elephant sounds, the house shutter: no "'s" (no Saxon genitive), no "s" (no plural) - grammatically speaking, "elephant" and "house" are adjectives.

... I'll write more about the "Saxon Genitive" in another subject.

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