The Calls of Amare or Amor

on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

It has been studied and well understood that among primates different sexual calls or cries of passion are used.

Stuart Semple analyzed copulation calls from seven different female baboons. Apparently, these copulation calls are very complex vocalizations. These mating calls contain information about the status of the male she is copulating with.  The acoustic sounds are more complex when copulating with higher ranking males. Supposedly to let lower ranking males know to stay away until the higher ranking male is gone. The sound produced is longer with the high ranking males.

The sound complexity also changes when she is closer to ovulation. Yet these calls are distinct to sexual reproduction and both the males and females know this little fact. The human female has a higher pitched voice when she is closer to ovulation. The human female does not have a call for copulation—that we men know of anyway.

If lengthening or shortening pitch or duration can change a copulation call in baboons, then why can’t the same apply to human speech? Not only can pitch change, but duration as well. If other primates can alter calls to indicate different copulation situations, then why can’t humans alter every call to communicate different situations?

We can! It’s called articulated speech.

So while we listen to the erotic calls of the wild we should be mindful not to get caught with our pants down.

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