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How exactly does symbolic language for apes work?

I'm talking about the panels with lots of colored symbols on them you sometimes see in documentaries and the like. Apes point at the symbols in a specific order and in this way can communicate with ...
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Semantics Question: epigenetic mark on a person's DNA?

In an article on biomarkers of child abuse, the author referred to an "epigenetic mark on a person's DNA". It's a popular science article, so the language may reflect a combination of the journalist's ...
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Do we know how animals refer to us, humans? [closed]

In human languages, we have "sounds" (or words) to refer to animals. For example, in English, we denominate a dog using the vocal sound dɒɡ. So, from the ...
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Is there a specific suffix for “within a cell”? i.e. in a similar manner to how -aemia refers to within the blood

Words like hyperglycemia and hyponatremia refer to the relative level of each component in the blood, not in the cell. Is there a suffix for within the cell? For reference I would like one word as an ...
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What happens to the language processing brain part if no language is ever learned?

Language is processed in the human brain in multiple regions. Some of them seem to be used exclusively or mainly for language processing, other regions are distributed overlapping with other functions....
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Does exhalation help us speak, and if so, how?

Everyone knows that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. That's how the respiratory system works. But we also use the respiratory system to produce sound and language. When we speak or ...
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Name of human language related gene

I'd like to know the name of a gene with the following description of effects: Humans having two copies of this gene with a certain mutation aren't able to acquire human language, but otherwise their ...
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Are we capable to generate sounds of animals to the point that they mistakenly recognize it as members of their species?

From Animal language (Wikipedia), there are many evidences that we can communicate with animals, at least to baboons and dolphins. There is a case that fish moving away when hearing a record of whale ...
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Pronunciation of technical vocabulary

All knowledge of biology I have comes from online and after speaking for a brief period of time with someone from a biological education it is very clear that I have no knowledge of the pronunciation ...
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Why should the pharyngeal cavity be essential for articulated speech?

In a lecture, I've been told that one of the signs that homo habilis and homo erectus couldn't speak was that they probably lacked the distinction between oral and pharyngeal cavity. But do we really ...
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Decoding animal language (dolphins etc)

I have this idea about how we perhaps could decode animal vocabularies that I would like to have some input on. The idea is to design an experiment/challenge where we could predict roughly what has ...
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What's the best sign language to teach a dolphin?

I know some scientists and trainers used hand signals to communicate with dolphins. The problem is: the dolphins have no hand to express themselves. With chimpanzees, we see how creative they are, not ...
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Biological modeling languages - some basic issues

I am trying to get used to with couple of modeling languages in biological context like SBML, BioPAX, Kappa and BEL. Some basic issues came up to my mind that are unclear to me even after a lot of ...
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Is thinking with language efficient? [closed]

First off, Im not sure, whether to put this into Cognitive Science or Biology. So sorry, if this is the wrong place. I wondered,...
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Which came first in hominid evolution: language or bipedalism? [closed]

I suspect both language-use and upright-posture have anatomical consequences. So does the fossil record show which came first? NOTE: To the folks who marked this question "homework": This is ...
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Can dolphins actually communicate linguistically?

Humans use "language." By language, I mean the thing I am using right now to talk to you. I know dolphins and orcas have very complex communication systems and also seem to process linguistic and ...
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Do blind people learn Braille equally fast as the sighted?

The visually deprived brain undergoes extensive remodeling due to cross-modal plasticity. This leads to increased areas of the cortex being available for other purposes such as tactile processing. Now ...
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Why is the vermis of the cerebellum associated with speech?

I've found multiple sources claiming that damage or impairment as a result of alcohol to the vermis of the cerebellum results in speech impairment. I find this a bit surprising, since the only areas I ...
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Do people often blow out the air from their lungs a lot when living in the cold condition to keep their lungs warm?

Do people often blow out the air from their lungs when living in cold climatic conditions to keep their lungs warm? I ask this question because it could connect to how people in different areas ...
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What are the most well-understood vocal animal languages? [closed]

Just as the Bee dance, for a "language", I mean that there are vocal pattens, or "grammar". In the nature, there are many intelligent animals like human beings. Bird songs, whale songs, dogs? In ...
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Why are we using upper teeth and lower lip on labiodental sounds?

I came to wonder this when studying language (as well as other same theme question posted just few ago). For example the word "fantastic" we use upper teeth and lower lip to produce F sound, instead ...
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How and why did mouth and nasal cavity evolve separate?

My initial objection is that nose filters air, mouth is for eating but is used for breathing also, plus they both are used to create sounds. What is the cause and reason in this case, why do we need ...
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Is there such thing as Animal non-verbal body language?

Have there been any studies done on the animal use of their bodies to signal, communicate or express their emotions, particularly to members of other species (ex: humans)? I've been observing a very ...