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Doctor Dolittle's Delusion: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language

By: Stephen R Anderson

368 pages, 68 illus

Yale University Press

Paperback | May 2006 | #158409 | ISBN: 0300115253
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Dr Dolittle had it wrong, says the author of this fascinating book: animals cannot use language. Stephen Anderson explains the difference between communication and language, and shows that animals do not have the cognitive capacities necessary to acquire language.

A masterly overview of what is currently known about the communicative abilities of a wide range of creatures... Anderson's synthesis provides illuminating comparisons with the infinitely more sophisticated resources of the human language. An elegant book. Neil Smith, Nature "Well-written, well-argued, and provocative... I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in animal communication and the evolution of language." Marc Bekoff, Quarterly Review of Biology"

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Stephen R. Anderson is professor of linguistics, psychology and cognitive science at Yale University.

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