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A Language to Describe the Structure of Pulsed Sounds in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus Montagu)

  • Vera M. Ostrovskaya
  • Vladimir I. Markov

Abstract

Our investigations have shown the acoustic communicative system of bottlenose dolphin to be open. Its high productivity is based on multilevel hierarchic combination of signals from initial elements of different quality (Markov and Ostrovskaya, 1990). When analyzing the communication of bottlenose dolphin, the researcher actually deals with a flow of signals which differ in their complexity, that in some way is similar to the flow of speech. To be able to study this flow of signals, it is frequently necessary to classify the signals by their structure, which requires preliminary elaborations of methods for their description. The goal of our paper is to show how it can be done.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera M. Ostrovskaya
    • 1
  • Vladimir I. Markov
    • 1
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of AnimalsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussian Federation

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