[ zoh-uh-see-mee-ot-iks, -see-mahy-, -sem-ee-, -sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌzoʊ əˌsi miˈɒt ɪks, -ˌsi maɪ-, -ˌsɛm i-, -ˌsɛm aɪ- /
noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of the sounds and signals used in animal communication, as song in birds or tail-wagging in dogs.
Do Dogs Actually Understand Human Language?Anyone who has ever seen their dog hop to attention when they used the word “treat” knows that dogs obviously understand the same words as humans. But is it accurate to say that animals use language? Man’s best friend is hardly the only animal capable of amazing humans with communication skills. Extensive studies using gestural communication (sign language) explore the cognitive potential in the great apes. …
- zoot suit
Origin of zoosemiotics
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