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Warblish: verbal mimicry of birdsong

Sarvasy, Hannah


There are three principal methods humans use to evoke avian vocalizations. This paper explores the two that are constrained by human language: onomatopoeia and warblish. In onomatopoeia, new words are created to mimic sounds within the constraints of a language’s phonology. Warblish, named and thoroughly described for the first time in this paper, is the imitation of avian vocalizations using existing words in human language. None of the conventionalized ways humans imitate birdsong has yet...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ethnobiology
DOI: 10.2993/0278-0771-36.4.765
Access Rights: Open Access


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