Geographies of Nonhuman Animal Communication and Language
Language has historically been claimed as one of the greatest markers of difference between humans and other animals, a marker that has allowed humans to see themselves as better than, superior to, or more than other animals. For people who actually interact with other species, this may have always seemed like a strange claim, and now their experiences are being validated by an increasing amount of scientific data showing that nonhuman animals actively use a variety of communication methods. This chapter maps current understandings of nonhuman animal communication and language through the framework of animal geography by exploring how animal communication is defined, where and how this work is being undertaken, and provides findings about specific species. The chapter ends with a discussion about the contribution of geography to animal communication studies and what this means for humans.
KeywordsAnimals Animal geography Human-animal Nonhumans Species
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