Re: Prairie Dog Language - no, really.
- 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.