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    Cows Also Have Regional Accents

    Cows also have regional accents

    Cows have regional accents like humans, language specialists have confirmed.

    They decided to examine the issue after dairy farmers noticed their cows had slightly different moos, depending on which herd they came from.

    John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at the University of London, said regional twangs had been seen before in birds.

    The farmers in Somerset who noticed the phenomenon said it may have been the result of the close bond between them and their animals.

    Farmer Lloyd Green, from Glastonbury, said: "I spend a lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl.


    I spend a lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl
    Lloyd Green
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    "I've spoken to the other farmers in the West Country group and they have noticed a similar development in their own herds.

    "It works the same as with dogs - the closer a farmer's bond is with his animals, the easier it is for them to pick up his accent."

    Peer pressure

    Prof Wells felt the accents could result from their contemporaries.

    He said: "This phenomenon is well attested in birds. You find distinct chirping accents in the same species around the country.

    "This could also be true of 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."
    I was giggling for ages because of this! There's even links to a radio show where they discussed this and had moos from different cows to demonstrate.

    Stupid cows!

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    Re: Cows Also Have Regional Accents

    So even the cows in England have an accent?! Can't anything over there get their own language right? [img width=15 height=15]http://www.smilies-and-more.de/pics/smilies/cheeky/102.gif[/img] [img width=15 height=15]http://www.smilies-and-more.de/pics/smilies/cheeky/087.gif[/img]

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    Re: Cows Also Have Regional Accents

    Yet another study that your tax dollars are paying for.

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    "Prophet" wrote:
    Yet another study that your tax dollars are paying for.
    Hay! I represent that comment

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    Re: Cows Also Have Regional Accents

    Oh how I love spending money in taxes for it to be spent on this type of studies.
    Worthless!

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    Re: Cows Also Have Regional Accents

    Le Mou, La Mou, Les Mou!
    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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