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Unformatted text preview: Sentences incorporate that kind of struture, to be sure, but they also have much more structure, involving abstractions that are not readily apparent in the superficial for of the sentence abstractions that allow the same group of words to communicate very different pieces of information is systematic ways. Kanzi does not seem to understand prepositions or conjunctions, such as putting something in, on , or next to something else. Sentences in which the word and links two nouns together or two sentences together frequently led to mistakes that suggests that Kanzi can not understand such words. Nonhuman animals lack the kind of system that linguists are still hard at work trying to understand, and without such capacity, animals can communicate only in much more restricted ways. The ability to use language is probably grounded in the biological nature that makes us the particular animal we are/...
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- Spring '09