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Animal vs Human Communication
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Animal vs Human Communication
Language is a system of communication that uses random signals, for example, sounds, written symbols, and gestures.
Language is a capacity that humans have and is organized in different forms
Animals also communicate, even though they don't have language.
Human Language
Language is the most effective way to communicate with others
It is organized and open for new words and meanings
It enables humans to gain knowledge, preserve it, and transfer it to the coming generations
Animal Language
Animals also communicate
Some animals like honey bees, dogs, and dolphins have developed their own way of communicating
The animals' way of communicating lacks creativity and flexibility
Communication is genetically gained and not through learning.
Main Differences
Human language is creative and is always producing new expressions and sentences
Animal communication is closed system and don't have the ability to recall events or experiences from the past
Animal communication can be considered to be a response to stimuli
Human language is interchangeable, while only a certain sex of animals are able to do certain things
Animals cannot learn different forms of communication

Linguists Thoughts...
"Linguists like Chomsky and MacPhail believe that language is a unique human behavior and that animal communication falls short of being a 'language' in many ways"
Chomsky believes that any species that is not human don't have a system of grammar, so it cannot be considered a language
MacPhail believes that animals don't have a mechanism that humans have in their brain that is responsible for the acquisition of different languages
Mannell, Robert. "ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE." Faculty of Human Sciences....

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