Dear friends,

Welcome to my new blog!

This blog will be devoted to various exciting topics that are related to language, and I am planning to begin with two more specific topics – animal communication and humor. I hope that you will enjoy both of these topics, just as I do. You may wonder how the two issues are related. Well, first, they are both related to language in some way or other. Second, both topics constitute my hobbies. As a linguist, an animal lover and a person who highly appreciates sense of humor I find these issues most exciting, and I’d like to share with you my excitement and stuff I have experienced and read about. And in order to prove that language, humor and animal communication are interrelated, let me begin with the first jike in this blog (with many more to follow!):

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher. Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid – the parrot was his at last!

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, “I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can’t talk!”

“Don’t worry.” said the Auctioneer, “He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?”


8 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. LOL :-) It reminded me of another joke, maybe not strictly related to communication:)

    -Does your dog let strangers come near him?
    -Yes,of course! How else could he bite them?

  2. I take it, by the joke provided, that this blog accepts that animals and humans sometimes have a shared sense of humour, and communicate through it. I have a collie and two cats, each of which will play jokes on me and among themselves, individually and in all the possible combinations of this mismatched but entirely adapted-to-one-another trio. Come to think of it, I often join one or another of the four-foots in a mild prank on the others. It usually involves hiding food or toys or catnip.

  3. Dear Victoria, this is a very interesting point! I suppose one of the questions regarding how humans differ from other animals would be sense of humour – is it unique for humans or not? It would be great to figure this out. Do you have a way to distinguish between games in which your pets are engaged and specifically jokes they play?

    And by the way, a collie and two cats – that sounds really great! :)

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