Before learning this module, I had learned that humans are not the only living creature on this earth that has their own language; so do dolphins, they communicate with the sound they make under the water, although scientists have not totally interpreted dolphins’ language yet, we have already found some pattern to follow that can help us to understand some basics in dolphins’ language. This finding really make me think that is it possible for all animals in this world to have their own language that we do not know about yet?
I believe the answer is yes, according to the videos we watched in class, the chimpanzees clearly understood our human language. This is a sign that they are capable of understanding our sound-based language if proper trained/ taught. But according to Seyfarth et al (2005), “They understand dominance relations and matrilineal kinship but have no words for them. This suggests that the internal representation of many concepts, relations, and action sequences does not require language, and that language did not evolve because it was uniquely suited to representing thought”. This conclusion denied my thoughts that animals communicate with languages.
However, I also think that maybe we are too limited by the definition of language or even our human’s own understanding of language. I think it is possible that animal communicate with each other in a way that is out of our human’s understanding. Animals could be perfectly or even better communicating with each other in their own language that we do not recognize but having troubling adapting themselves to the way we use our language.
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