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By Professor Stephen R. Anderson

ISBN-10: 0300103395

ISBN-13: 9780300103397

ISBN-10: 0300115253

ISBN-13: 9780300115253

Can animals study a human language and use it to speak? Or is human language distinct to people, simply as many advanced behaviors of different species are uniquely theirs? This engrossing publication explores conversation and cognition in animals and people from a linguistic perspective and asserts that animals usually are not in a position to buying or utilizing human language.
Stephen R. Anderson explains what's intended via conversation, the adaptation among communique and language, and the fundamental features of language. subsequent he examines quite a few animal conversation platforms, together with bee dances, frog vocalizations, chicken songs, and alarm calls and different vocal, gestural, and olfactory communique between primates. Anderson then compares those to human language, together with signed languages utilized by the deaf. Arguing that makes an attempt to educate human languages or their equivalents to the nice apes haven't succeeded in demonstrating linguistic skills in nonhuman species, he concludes that animal verbal exchange systems—intriguing and sundry even though they might be—do no longer contain all of the crucial homes of human language. Animals can speak, yet they can’t talk.

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