posted on Aug, 31 2003 @ 10:38 PM
Animals do speak.
It's not English, or any other human language, but they do speak.
Common house pets, dogs and cats, each have their own way of communicating with each other and with us. By paying attention to them, you can learn
what they're "saying" to you. After all, we expect them to learn our language, don't we?
Dog-language is a little easier, as they're more naturally social creatures. There are specific sounds they make to indicate happiness, fear,
comfort, anger, hunger, etc and each has its own shades of meaning when you couple it with their body language. For example, after being introduced
to a new dog, they'll make a particular "huffing" sound to indicate that everything's cool. It sounds like a contented "pant" but it's just a
little bit different...meaning "I'm okay with hanging out with you, but I'm still keeping my eye on things."
Cats have a language too.
I just got a kitten a few weeks ago. I talk to her in equal parts English and Cat. It's more effective to tell an animal in their own language that
you're displeased with them (i.e. when Elvis bites me too hard in play) then with shouting in English. Kittens have a specific sound for "you're
playing too rough and that hurts!" When Elvis hears that from me, I get an apology mew and (the body language thing) licks to wherever she bit
In my mind, therefore, language isn't a creation. It's a natural occurence that isn't just reserved for homo sapiens.
[Edited on 1-9-2003 by Banshee]