Silvery gibbons and birds “explain” human language
|June 12, 2014||Posted by News under Human evolution, language, News|
“Specifically, Miyagawa and his co-authors think that some apparently infinite qualities of modern human language, when reanalyzed, actually display the finite qualities of languages of other animals — meaning that human communication is more similar to that of other animals than we generally realized.
So my cats can’t talk to me, why exactly again?
“Yes, human language is unique, but if you take it apart in the right way, the two parts we identify are in fact of a finite state,” Miyagawa says. “Those two components have antecedents in the animal world. According to our hypothesis, they came together uniquely in human language.”
If I took my computer apart “in the right way,” I would have about 20 kg of scrap metal. But … what is missing from this picture?
File with: Contenders for silliest science press claim of the year.
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