Dolphin Language Lexicon Hope
Scientists have been trying to crack dolphin language for many years and now they have made a scientific breakthrough that for the first time offers the hope of producing a lexicon of dolphin words.
A new technique sees the use of a CymaScope to actually produce a 3D imprint or picture of the sounds that dolphins make replicating the way that some scientists believe dolphins are able to vision sound in the water as a kind of sonic shape.
These shapes are essentially 'picture words' and it is these that the scientists hope to collect and compile their dolphin lexicon from.
The key to this technique is the CymaScope, a new instrument that reveals detailed structures within sounds, allowing their architecture to be studied pictorially. Using high definition audio recordings of dolphins, the research team, headed by English acoustics engineer, John Stuart Reid, and Florida-based dolphin researcher, Jack Kassewitz, has been able to image, for the first time, the imprint that a dolphin sound makes in water. The resulting "CymaGlyphs," as they have been named, are reproducible patterns that are expected to form the basis of a lexicon of dolphin language, each pattern representing a dolphin 'picture word.'
Kassewitz, of the Florida-based dolphin communication
research project SpeakDolphin.com said, “There is strong evidence that dolphins are able to ‘see’ with sound, much like humans use ultrasound to see an unborn child in the mother’s womb. The CymaScope provides our first glimpse into what the dolphins might be ‘seeing’ with their sounds.”
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