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Re: Prairie Dog Language - no, really.

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  • Vojtěch Merunka
    what about sign language skills of apes? do not mix the physical disposition for human voice language and intellectual disposition to use communication tools.
    Message 1 of 42 , Jul 10, 2013
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      what about sign language skills of apes?
      do not mix the physical disposition for human voice language and intellectual disposition to use communication tools.



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      10. 7. 2013 v 19:14, George Corley <gacorley@...>:

      > On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Paul Schleitwiler, FCM <
      > pjschleitwilerfcm@...> wrote:
      >
      >> Interesting how this shifted from how animals may communicate with each
      >> other to how humans communicate with pets.
      >> And anthropomorphizing the pets.
      >>
      >> The truly unique trait of humans is that they think humans are unique.
      >>
      >> However, several studies have shown that animals can understand human
      >> words and simple sentences. If they are capable of that, then they have the
      >> capacity for their own languages. Have no idea what an animal grammarian
      >> looks like though.
      >> And doubt one would act or think like a human one.
      >
      > As far as I have understood, no non-human animal has exhibited real human
      > language. Some animals can associate words or signs with the real world,
      > which is important and is a component of language, but none have really
      > become competent at constructing novel sentences. Also, in most of these
      > studies, animals learned a few hundred words or signs, whereas humans
      > typically learn thousands of words throughout their lifetimes. Language is
      > not just one binary switch -- human language has many distinguishing
      > properties, and many of them simply have not been observed in animals.
    • Randy Frueh
      And Alice eyes the lop-eared creature and presents the gloves it had sent her off in search of.
      Message 42 of 42 , Jul 13, 2013
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        And Alice eyes the lop-eared creature and presents the gloves it had sent
        her off in search of.
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