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Rebekah Lochte Language: Where did it come from? Language in general has always interested me, but instead of focusing on language in general, I want to focus on signaling and animal communication. I intend to find out what researchers think about animal communication, and whether or not it could be considered a language or be a precursor to human language. Based on the class readings and discussion, I am pretty certain that animal communication could not be considered a language, but if this is the case, then where did we acquire the skills to speak with such skill? Maria Ujhelyi’s article, “Is There Any Intermediate Stage Between Animal Communication and Language?” tries to explain how humans could have developed such a complex way of communication when no other species seems to be capable. As Ujhelyi writes, “because of the complex nature of human language, it is very hard to imagine that it could have arisen suddenly, without antecedents” (72). We are not the only species that can make noises, which in my mind, could mean that sound in
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course ANT 385 taught by Professor Stout during the Fall '11 term at Emory.

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