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Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals

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"Slobodchikoff's ground-breaking research" (Jonathan Balcombe) shows us that animals have much to teach us about language

Groundbreaking research has been done teaching animals human language, but what about the other way around? Studies have shown that lizards, squid, monkeys, and birds are talking to each other, communicating information about food, predators, squabbles,
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Barbara Adde
Sep 29, 2013 Barbara Adde rated it really liked it
Really like the premise of this book:
"That there suddenly arose an unbridgeable gap between us and the rest of life just doesn't make sense. After all, every other system in humans has it's roots in other species, and can often be traced up the evolutionary line."
(Page 43)
May 31, 2016 Xaverius rated it liked it
Demasiada especulación para mi gusto pero veo difícil leerlo y no acabar convencido de que subestimamos el lenguaje animal. Sobre si realmente vamos a poder traducirlo en el futuro ni repajolera idea.

Jun 04, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to language and how animals use language. Written clearly and full of interesting anecdotes.
Lori Schiele
Sep 24, 2013 Lori Schiele rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, non-fiction
The author, who has spent over 20 years studying prairie dogs, uses his own research as well as research of other scientists to explain his belief that animals are capable of language, although in nearly all circles within the scientific community, he stands alone in this belief. He uses numerous anecdotes and varied species, both vertebrate and invertebrate, everything from prairie dogs and chimpanzees to dogs to birds and even ants.
Aug 23, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I've always been frustrated that humans think that we're the only ones with language, and that we think we are somehow unique.

The research presented in it is fascinating, and, of course, incomplete. I think I felt some frustration at it not being a book about proof and definitive conclusions, but it's a great discussion of the possibilities and ways to think about what might be our blind spots.
Darshan Elena
Jan 27, 2013 Darshan Elena rated it really liked it
A fun read that speaks to the intelligence of animals (other than humans) and the various languages that distinct species use to express their emotions and thoughts to one another. I can't wait for translation technologies to offer English to Wombat; just a matter of time, I believe!
Jan 01, 2013 Molly rated it liked it
a persuasive and compelling argument.
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