Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture

Public Conversation | Frans de Waal, Harold Gouzoules | Are Humans the Only Linguistic Species?

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Frans de Waal, Harold Gouzoules | Are Humans the Only Linguistic Species?

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Humans have language, which is a form of communication. Other animals have communication, but not language. This is usually how the debate about the uniqueness of our "language instinct" is summarized. But then there are apes that have learned symbolic communication, honey bees with dance language, and other possible exceptions. So, how unique is human language? Two experts of primate behavior debate the issue.