Word Of Mouth & Peer Pressure Among Cows

Petistic, one of my favorite blogs, points to a BBC report about farmers and language specialists who’ve identified regional accents among cows:

"In small populations such as herds you would encounter identifiable dialectical variations which are most affected by the immediate peer group."

Dr Jeanine Treffers-Daller, reader in linguistics at the University of the West of England in Bristol, agreed that the accent could be influenced by relatives.

She said: "When we are learning to speak, we adopt a local variety of language spoken by our parents, so the same could be said about the variation in the West Country cow moo."


Published by Max Kalehoff

Father, sailor and marketing executive.

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