Do Animals Have Language?

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An examination into the question of whether animals have a language of communication, focusing on dolphins.

This paper argues that higher mammals like primates, dolphins and whales are capable of and have evolved a complex language of their own. Towards this, the paper looks at the recent research done regarding the “whistling” and other auditory communication among dolphins. In arguing that this “whistling” constitutes and fulfills the functions of language, the paper uses the framework on the syntactic structures and the various aspects of language. Through an application of Chomsky’s criteria, this paper argues that dolphins have evolved a communication system made of whistling sounds that serve many of the purposes of human language.


Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop

“The Lowest Animal” by Mark Twain

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