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14-03-2012, 13:30   #256
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What about sign language apes?

"Sign language apes" may not be as accurate a term as "Apes that have been taught some signs." Certainly, chimps and gorillas have, under instruction, learned to utilise signs to covey simple desires or feelings, but there has not been a majority consensus amongst linguists and cognitive scientists that the brief symbol strings displayed by the apes constitute a syntax, which is required for communication to qualify as full-blown language. "bad-frown-sad" is an expression of emotion but it is not a sentence.

Interesting stuff all the same, and worthy of further research.

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14-03-2012, 20:07   #257
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Phew Koko got new kittens! You had me wasting loads of time on youtube - I got to a video of a dog and a crow playing with a ball...
That dog and crow video is amazing! I want a pet crow now. My Granny actually used to have two but the idea of having pet crows lost some of its shine when one of them spotted her walking on the Main Street one day and came down to say hello. She needed to go home and get clean clothes.

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