Sunday, May 15, 2011

Humans to speak with dolphins via translator machine?

Here's a fun little article - apparently people will be trying to have real-time conversation in dolphin language using a computer translator. While we've never figured out what the critical linguistic elements are (sort of like phonemes), scientists hope to use intermediate, artificial "words" using the sounds dolphins can produce, to work through a pidgin-like intermediate vocabulary into grasping actual dolphin language elements. I hope it works - I can't help but LOVE this!