Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

New from Cambridge University Press!


Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Book Information

Sun Image

Title: Doctor Dolittle's Delusion
Subtitle: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language
Written By: Stephen R. Anderson

In Doctor Dolittle's Delusion, Anderson demonstrates that animals, although having interesting properties of their own communication system, are not capable of acquiring or using human language. Using as a background High
Lofting's books, Doctor Dolittle's Delusion illustrates the nature of human language against the communicative abilities of other species. Recently interviewed in the New York Times (Did the Cat Really Say 'I Vant to be
Alone'? Sorry, It Said Meow - 9/17/04) Anderson argues that Rico, Koko the ape, and other animals are extremely clever but that this falls within the bounds of what we know animals can do and that these behaviors should not be considered as 'language.'

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0300103395
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 368
Prices: U.S. $ 35.00