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Re: LUNATIC again

From:charles <catty@...>
Date:Sunday, November 8, 1998, 0:18
Eric Christopherson wrote:
> > Nik Taylor wrote: > > Animal communication wouldn't be language because,
> Science has shown that some animals convey information to each other. A > good example is bees. Bees do a certain dance to tell other bees where > good flowers are. Among mammals, one species of animal can have several > different sounds, used for different purposes. Some animals have a > distinct cry when predators approach, for instance. (Of course, one > might say this is conveying fear, an emotion.)
It's more than that; recent studies have shown that they are capable of at least adjectives in addition to nouns. Prairie dogs can say something like "It's the man who fired the gun but he doesn't have it now." Unless that story has been proven a hoax. Dolphins remember and perform complex routines by command. When an ambiguous command is given, they make metaphorical sense out of it. There have been several other such stories in the past few years, involving birds and simians. We just make longer sentences than they do ...