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Title: Doctor Dolittle's Delusion
Subtitle: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language
Written By: Stephen R. Anderson
URL: http://yalepress.yale.edu/YupBooks/viewbook.asp?isbn=0300103395
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In Doctor Dolittle's Delusion, Anderson demonstrates that animals, although having interesting properties of their own communication system, are not capable of acquiring or using human language. Using as a background High
Lofting's books, Doctor Dolittle's Delusion illustrates the nature of human language against the communicative abilities of other species. Recently interviewed in the New York Times (Did the Cat Really Say 'I Vant to be
Alone'? Sorry, It Said Meow - 9/17/04) Anderson argues that Rico, Koko the ape, and other animals are extremely clever but that this falls within the bounds of what we know animals can do and that these behaviors should not be considered as 'language.'

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0300103395
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 368
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