Doctor Dolittle's Delusion: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language

Doctor Dolittle's Delusion: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language

by Stephen R. Anderson
     
 

This book explores communication and cognition in animals and humans from a linguistic point of view and asserts that animals are not capable of acquiring or using human language. Animals can communicate, but they can't talk. See more details below

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This book explores communication and cognition in animals and humans from a linguistic point of view and asserts that animals are not capable of acquiring or using human language. Animals can communicate, but they can't talk.

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Library Journal
Anderson (linguistics & cognitive science, Yale Univ.) presents a thorough analysis of the significant animal-language experiments done over the last 100 years. By distinguishing simple communication from syntactical language, he makes a strong case that animals do not possess any language. He provides detailed studies of bee dancing, frog croaking, bird singing, and primate signing and concludes that although some animals can communicate in fairly complex ways, these calls are not language. Anderson does not purport to have an agenda or bias other than to present some concrete findings: his book does not conclude that a lack of language in animals justifies human exploitation. Well researched and highly organized, this book is chiefly aimed at an academic audience. For popular reading, acquire Eugene Linden's The Parrot's Lament and Stephen Budiansky's If a Lion Could Talk. Highly recommended for academic libraries.-John M. Kistler, Houston, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A terrific read, informative, judicious, and timely."—Norbert Hornstein, University of Maryland

"In this enjoyable and informative book, Stephen Anderson incisively states the way that diverse areas of study have helped illuminate the question of communication by animals and our communication with them."—Diane Brentari, Purdue University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300127102
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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