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posted by janrinok on Monday January 10, @02:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the woof-woof-bark-miaow dept.

Dogs know when you're speaking a different language -- and talking nonsense:

Dogs know when you're speaking a different language -- and talking nonsense. The idea of being able to speak to creatures in their own distinct language was a thrilling prospect. And then there were veterinarians like Dr. James Herriot and his treasury of tales that showed he truly understood the nature of animals.

Now, while working from home and spending more time with our pets, perhaps we've reached a form of understanding that crosses the linguistic barrier.

[...] But even more fascinating is the idea that we're not entirely different -- that we share things in common, some of which used to be considered strictly human qualities. By recognizing our own traits in animals, we can understand them better.

[There is a video embedded in the story. Here is a similar YouTube video I found on the web.--martyb]


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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by NPC-131072 on Monday January 10, @02:57AM (7 children)

    by NPC-131072 (7144) on Monday January 10, @02:57AM (#1211391) Journal

    On the internet, nobody knows you're descended from Xuthus.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:12AM (6 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:12AM (#1211405)

      At least Aristarchus was real. NPC's and their mythos, little buggers.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:26AM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:26AM (#1211429)

        aristarchus is less real than scientology is real

        • (Score: 0, Troll) by aristarchus on Monday January 10, @06:11AM (1 child)

          by aristarchus (2645) on Monday January 10, @06:11AM (#1211433) Journal

          Woof! Woof! Runaway, you are wrong, and your dogs know it. Listen to the power of the dog, Runaway! You can hear them calling, like in the Call of the Wild. And the Call of Liberal Freedom and Autonomy through education and science!

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @02:08AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @02:08AM (#1211678)

            Paranoia is destroying ya. Ask an admin if the IP hash matches mine. Derp-a-derp. Oh yeah, I've created another 1024 socks. It takes time, creating more than ~10/day might alert the admins.

        • (Score: 5, Touché) by maxwell demon on Monday January 10, @06:37AM (1 child)

          by maxwell demon (1608) on Monday January 10, @06:37AM (#1211440) Journal

          Scientology is real. On the other hand, the stuff Scientology teaches is utter nonsense.

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          • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday January 10, @06:54PM

            by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday January 10, @06:54PM (#1211577)

            Was going to say: the nonsense speakers simply lacked dog-fooling confidence. Dogs vs Scientology acolytes would be an interesting test.

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      • (Score: 1) by NPC-131072 on Monday January 10, @07:44PM

        by NPC-131072 (7144) on Monday January 10, @07:44PM (#1211583) Journal

        Hello fren,

        Your cynicism ironic as Diogenes was Ionic.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Monday January 10, @03:32AM (3 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Monday January 10, @03:32AM (#1211397)

    Like when I tell him "Come here! Who's a good boy then!" while shaking a box of dry cat food to try and catch him to go to the vet: he knows exactly what's going on somehow and won't come.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @03:42AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @03:42AM (#1211400)

      Dog gonnit!!!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @03:48AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @03:48AM (#1211401)
        (Dog gone it)
    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday January 10, @03:25PM

      by Freeman (732) on Monday January 10, @03:25PM (#1211496) Journal

      Lure him with something he can't resist, like a slice of Turkey.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:03AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:03AM (#1211424)

    So more intelligent than some soylentites then?

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday January 10, @03:27PM

      by Freeman (732) on Monday January 10, @03:27PM (#1211497) Journal

      Reading nonsense and talking nonsense are two different things. Also, the dog is just reading the body language of the person, though the dog may be recognizing some words.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:23AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @05:23AM (#1211428)

    just testing

    • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Monday January 10, @10:58AM

      by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 10, @10:58AM (#1211472)

      Woof

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday January 11, @09:15AM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 11, @09:15AM (#1211735) Journal
      Don't be too despondent - some of us got that joke!
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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by sonamchauhan on Monday January 10, @12:02PM

    by sonamchauhan (6546) on Monday January 10, @12:02PM (#1211477)

    Humans would like to know when their dog is speaking a different language -- and talking nonsense.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Nuke on Monday January 10, @02:36PM (3 children)

    by Nuke (3162) on Monday January 10, @02:36PM (#1211490)

    My dog barks at anyone on the telly not speaking in English. He voted Brexit too.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @06:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @06:24PM (#1211568)

      Why Is Nuke's Zoomer Dog DESTROYING British Fishing?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @10:05PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @10:05PM (#1211623)

      I bark at people who voted Brexit, whether or not I am a dog or they are on telly.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @05:04AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @05:04AM (#1211711)

        You're obviously well trained then...

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by istartedi on Monday January 10, @05:29PM (1 child)

    by istartedi (123) on Monday January 10, @05:29PM (#1211544) Journal

    A study is good, but there were plenty of anecdotes about this already. The one I heard was where somebody adopted a shelter dog they thought was un-trained and couldn't understand any commands--until their cousin came over and told it to do stuff in Spanish. The next level up is where the dog would have figured it out over time, and realized they needed to learn a new language. I'm not sure if I've ever heard of that happening. It's harder (but not impossible) for humans to learn new languages when older. I wonder how hard it is for dogs who are no longer puppies.

    • (Score: 2) by Dr Spin on Monday January 10, @10:02PM

      by Dr Spin (5239) on Monday January 10, @10:02PM (#1211622)

      It's harder (but not impossible) for humans to learn new languages when older.

      The largest part of this appears to be the difficulty of recognising syllables that do not occur,
      or differences between syllables that are considered the same, in your first language - if not
      exposed to them before the age of 12.

      My wife and I have done quite well learning Spanish by watching Spanish films on Netflix,
      although we probably have very weird accents.

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