Other animals don’t have language like we do, but some of them might be getting awfully close.
A recent experiment claims that some birds use a form of syntax — that they combine their signals in a way that’s always been thought to be unique to humans. Are these bird brains on to something?
Linguist Daniel Midgley sets things in order on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
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Microsoft killed its first sentient AI
Artificially Intelligent Robot Tells Creator It Will Keep Humans “In a People Zoo”
A new study will figure out if cats pick up the dialects of their owners
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Syntax is not unique to human language
Bird Uses Linguistics Thought to Be Exclusively Human
Ape ‘language ace’ gets tripped up by simple grammar
Dendrophobia in Bonobo Comprehension of Spoken English (PDF)
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Mar 14th ’11: “I agree though. He’s definitely Sexy McSexFace. <3”
Insulting nicknames involving “face”
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From Cool McCool to Boaty McBoatface: An Investigationy McInvestigation
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