Humans and Animals Communicate

Humans and Animals Communicate

Do humans and animals communicate in the same way?

"Communication is the means by which people share ideas, words and feelings." (Nutting.J, White.G, 1991). So Communication can be defined as consequential exchange of information trough forms of verbal, non-verbal and graphic. But this definition is different when we compare that to animal communication.

"Animal communication is any behaviour on the part of one animal that has an effect on the current or future behaviour of another animal". Signal, signaling, sign - any communication that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped". Birdcall, birdsong, song, call - the characteristic sound produced by a bird; a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age.

"Human-animal communication is any process by which humans and animals are able to communicate with each other. Basic ability to communicate with animals is necessary for domesticated animals as well as working animals, while deeper methods of communication are a common theme in fiction." (Wikipedia)

There are different ways in which humans identify with the behaviour of domestic animals, or give instructions to them, fit the definition of inter specific communication. Depending on the situation, they might be considered to be predator to prey communication. The recent experiments on animal language are perhaps the most sophisticated attempt yet to establish human/animal communication, though their relation to natural animal communication is uncertain.

Distinction and similarity between human and natural animal communication system can be highlighted by comparing essential characteristics of the system, called design features. It is clamed to be communication to all human language.

Ability to encode the idea as what it is intends to be encoded. For example bring a pen when asking to bring a pencil doesn't accurate. If a pen is brought it must be accurate.


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