Meet Stella — the pup who knows how to use 29 human words

communication

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  1. 1.
    the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
    “television is an effective means of communication”
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    transmission
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  2. 2.
    means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers.
    “satellite communications”

It has always been beyond me why we Humans feel that the “rest of the planet” knows NOTHING about Communication. How could ANY species ever survive on this harsh and competitive planet had they no ability to communicate – either between their own kind and with the entire Biome of the Planet.

If you ask me – WE are the least capable of “meaningful and beneficial” communication of ALL SPECIES! Plants are known to communicate between other plants, even other species and the ‘planet itself’ expressing their unique and essential needs of survival otherwise they would not have survived in spite of all the poison, pollution and neglect we heap upon them daily. Uniquely, all other species except Humans do NOT have the ability to completely destroy the entire Planet as do we!

This story is an example of exactly what I’m speaking about.. read and learn!

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“What a shock,” said no dog lover ever.

  • A speech language pathologist has taught her puppy Stella to use 29 words.

  • Stella “speaks” by stepping on large buttons programmed with recordings of words.

  • The dog expresses her desires, comments on household events, and offers opinions.

It’s obvious that dogs have the capacity to understand human words. The family canine’s response to “out,” “walk,” or “car” is both helpful and entertaining for a human, and a source of significant excitement for a pooch. Each owner or family teaches its dog a vocabulary their pet agreeably learns, with the exception of “no” and “bad,” of course. So if dogs can understand our words, what kind of communication would be possible if they were able to voice them as well?

Speech language pathologist (SLP) Christina Hunger uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices in her job and decided to see if one could give her dog Stella a chance to use her words. The results of her experiment are amazing.

Stella’s vocabulary is up now to 29 words, and she can fluidly string them together to express her desires and her feelings…

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/dog-uses-words?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

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