South Korea: an amazing elephant that speaks, (elefante parlante allo zoo) WWW.GOODNEWS.WS

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An Elephant that Speaks Korean. An Asian elephant named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that can be readily understood by those who know the language. The elephant accomplishes this in a very unusual way: he vocalizes with his trunk in his mouth. An international team led by researchers at the University of Vienna -- including cognitive biologists Angela Stoeger and Tecumseh Fitch -- published their findings in the leading journal "Current Biology".The elephant's vocabulary consists of five words: "annyong" ("hello"), "anja" ("sit down"), "aniya" ("no"), "nuo" ("lie down"), and "choah" ("good"). Ultimately, Koshik's language skills may provide important insights into the biology and evolution of complex vocal learning, an ability that is critical for human speech and music, the researchers say."Human speech basically has two important aspects, pitch and timbre," says Angela Stoeger of the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna.... Read the full story »
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