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Inquiry: John Bevis: AAAAW TO ZZZZZD: The Words of Birds

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:24am

Ever since people have been writing about birds, poets, playwrights and natural historians have been trying to translate the songs and calls of birds into the English language. Sometimes if has been as simple as a zeet or as complex as the mnemonic a little bit of bread and no cheese. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with poet, writer and artist JOHN BEVIS about his wild new compendium AAAAW TO ZZZZZD: THE WORDS OF BIRDS. John also talks about whether bird song can be considered music and the invention of bird whistles, bird imitators and bird organs. If you have ever wondered about where the word tweet came from, tune in!

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