Animals that can do math understand more language than we think

It is often thought that humans are different from other animals in some fundamental way that makes us unique, or even more advanced than other species. These claims of human superiority are sometimes used to justify the ways we treat other animals, in the home, the lab or the factory farm. So, what is it [...]

By |2020-05-29T10:39:57+00:00May 29th, 2020|Animal communication, Animals, Language|0 Comments

A Universal ‘Language’ of Arousal Connects Humans and the Animal Kingdom

Over a century ago, naturalist Charles Darwin observed that all humans, as well as other animals, exhibit and express emotion in remarkably similar ways. He theorized that vocal expressions of feelings date back to the earliest terrestrial species, hinting that all land animals — and birds too — share a basic, inherent understanding of each [...]

By |2017-07-28T13:55:08+00:00July 28th, 2017|Animals, Language|0 Comments

Dogs Process Language Like Us, but What Do They Understand?

If you’re speaking to me, it’s not just what you say but how you say it that matters. A new study published this week in Science finds that dogs also pick up on these important, yet separate details. And there's more. Not only does this study add to our knowledge of how dogs attend to [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:22:29+00:00August 31st, 2016|Animals, Dogs, Language, Words|0 Comments

The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Scientists working on animal cognition often dwell on their desire to talk to the animals. Oddly enough, this particular desire must have passed me by, because I have never felt it. I am not waiting to hear what my animals have to say about themselves, taking the rather Wittgensteinian position that their message might not [...]

By |2016-07-07T11:18:25+00:00July 7th, 2016|Animals, Cognition, Language, Psychology|0 Comments

Why do languages have different sounds for the same animals?

If you grew up in an English-speaking country, you likely learned at a young age that cats say “meow,” dogs say “woof,” and roosters say “cock-a-doodle-doo.” But if you’d grown up in Japan, you would’ve learned entirely different words for these sounds. In Japan, cats say “nyan,” dogs say “wan,” and roosters say “ko-ke-kok-ko-o.” But [...]

By |2016-02-29T13:42:12+00:00February 29th, 2016|Animal sounds, Animals, Languages|0 Comments

Unlocking the language of killer whales

The transient killer whale is not typically considered one of Australia's native ocean creatures, let alone one of Western Australia's, but 24 nautical miles off Bremer Bay in the Bremer Canyon, a population of between 50 and 100 orcas live mostly undisturbed. The aggregation was discovered in 2005 and has since become the most popular [...]

By |2015-10-01T11:49:16+00:00October 1st, 2015|Animal communication, Animals|0 Comments

What Does the Giraffe Say? Scientists Find the Answer

COWS MOO, LIONS roar, and pigs oink. But for many years it’s been assumed that, except for the occasional snort, giraffes spent most of their lives in a tight-lipped silence. New research from a group studying animal sounds at the University of Vienna suggests giraffes might not be so quiet after all: They spend their [...]

By |2015-09-18T19:48:18+00:00September 18th, 2015|Animals|0 Comments

Do Animals Have Their Own Language And Can They Talk To Each Other?

Can animals understand each other? And if they do, do they communicate through language? Is their language sophisticated enough to combine sounds into meaning in some grammatical sense? And can they talk about things that aren’t right in front of them? A lot of them can do some of those things! Read more: Gizmodo Australia

By |2015-09-14T13:39:24+00:00September 14th, 2015|Animals, Communication, Language|0 Comments