Dr. Dolittle had it wrong, says the author of this fascinating book:
animals cannot use language. Stephen Anderson explains the difference
between communication and language and shows that animals do not have
the cognitive capacities necessary to acquire language.
"A masterly overview of what is currently known about the communicative
abilities of a wide range of creatures. . . . Anderson's synthesis
provides illuminating comparisons with the infinitely more
sophisticated resources of the human language. . . . An elegant
book."—Neil Smith, Nature
"Well-written, well-argued, and provocative. . . . I enjoyed this book
and recommend it to anyone interested in animal communication and the
evolution of language."—Marc Bekoff, Quarterly Review of Biology.