New study on kids' calls helps to understand how accents are formed

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A new study on goats' accent might bring new directions to intelligence agencies to understand how mammals form accents, the State Column reported.

The study done by Queen Mary University in London found goats changed their accents when they moved away from their siblings and formed new social circles, the State Column reported. They changed their accents to better communicate with animals in their new group, according to the State Column.

Researchers followed four groups of kids, New York Daily News reported. Researchers started recording the kids' voice when they were one week old and repeated when they were five weeks old, the time when they formed social groups, according to New York Daily News. The results showed goats raised in the same circle sounded more similar as they grew, the State Column said.

Goats are a new kind of mammals found to be able to acquire new accents from the surroundings, according to Scientific American. Most animals make sound according to their genes, except humans and a few other mammals, Scientific American said.

According to the State Column, the study could ultimately make possible for the U.S. Military and intelligence agencies to understand how accents are formed.

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