The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

14. Can Animals Understand Us?

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

Robin Queen [+-]
University of Michigan
Robin Queen is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Linguistics, German, English and the Honors Program at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Vox Popular: The Surprising Life of Language and the Media (2015); co-author of Through the Golden Door: Educational Approaches for Immigrant Adolescents (1998) and author or co-author of publications in the areas of language contact; language, gender, and sexuality; and language in the mass media. She was the co-editor with Anne Curzan of the Journal of English Linguistics (2006-2012) and is a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. She has been researching, documenting and theorizing shepherds’ communication with sheepdogs since 2012 and competes in sheep herding competitions with her border collies. She lives on a small hobby farm with a merry band of cats, dogs, chickens, and sheep.

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When your dog or cat (or parrot or iguana) stares deeply into your eyes while you pour out your deepest secrets, it seems obvious that animals understand us humans. Yet, when it comes to language, things get a bit more complicated. This chapter discusses what exactly non-human animals can understand of what we say to them, as well as why they can't understand even more.

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Queen, Robin. 14. Can Animals Understand Us?. The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 69-73 Jul 2019. ISBN 9781781798553. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38133. Date accessed: 22 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38133. Jul 2019

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