This Short Video Explains How "Animal Chatter" Relates To Human Language

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When your dog barks, is it actually communicating with language, or is it just making a sound to convey "Feed me!" (to you) or "Back off!" (to another canine)? A new animated short from New Scientist investigates "animal chatter," and how it relates to human language.

Most intriguing is the idea that a deeper understanding of animal communication could lead to the development of a "universal translator." Imagine the possibilities: at last, a chance to explain to your dog why it's not cool to snack on everybody's shoes!

Via Laughing Squid.

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