Translation musings: anyone here speak dolphin?

Apr 10, 2014 | Translation

dolphinWe are very proud of the fact that we translate to and from most of the world’s languages. And if we don’t currently have a translator on our books who can deal with a particular language, we will do our best to find one. A language we have not, so far, had to cause to deal with, however, is dolphin.

I was tempted to finish the blog post there and just let you wonder but… Some awfully clever types over there in the US have been devising a system to literally chat to the animals – using CHAT (that’s Cetacean Hearing Telemetry device). Although dolphins have been trained to understand commands for some time – think mine location for example – they’re haven’t been able to talk back. Even Flipper. But this little gadget has been designed to capture dolphin noises, including those inaudible to the human ear. Denise Herzing, the director of the Wild Dolphin Project and creator of CHAT, then ‘taught’ the dolphins a number of ‘words’ for them to mimic. The idea then is to use these mimicked words to crack the dolphin code!

No, I don’t really understand it either but it all sounds rather fabulous and you can read all about it here.

So, while I can safely say we do not have any translators fluent in dolphin on our database, we are available for your more human-based language solutions! Find out more here…


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