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November 20, 2012

Hungry Birds

Most of us humans like to imagine that we are the only animals who use language. Whales certainly communicate, but I don't think anyone would make the argument that they use words, but...

...did you ever wonder about how other animals communicate?

Or why?

You probably are familiar with the three purposes of communication; to inform, to persuade and to entertain.

Here's a recent magazine article describing how birds, wrens to be precise, communicate with their young - in fact so young they are still in the shell: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=wrens-teach-eggs-to-sing.

It turns out that communicating, even as a baby bird, can literally be a matter of survival. If the baby bird wants to eat, they have to convince mom that they are not an imposter. Perhaps, even to birds, all eggs look alike.

If this inspires you to write a fairy tale - either about birds or any other creatures communicating - I have a great website for you.

If you can come up with a good plot or set of imaginary characters, here's a good place to look for the basics of good (fairy) story-telling - http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-write-a-fairy-tale.

Let us know what word-related links or other resources you find useful or encouraging. We are all learning and making new connections all the time and sharing makes our journey much richer.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and unlikely and ridiculous situations. And if you want him to visit your school or program, you can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at November 20, 2012 10:34 PM

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