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Re: LUNATIC again

From:Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
Date:Saturday, November 7, 1998, 23:51
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Animal communication wouldn't be language because, first > off, they typically only communicate emotions, and not information, and > they are also not built on a finite number of building blocks. A cat > may have several different meows, but those meows can't be combined into > words. If conlangs can fulfil these requirements, what does it matter > *where* it came from?
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.)