What is language?

Apparently, language is subjective. At least, that’s what I took away from this “Science Blog post.”:http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/node/6640 Most people can recognize English or Spanish as languages, I imagine, but probably not Silbo, which is made up of whistling noises. However, the language and linguistic processing centers of Silbos light up when they hear this series of whistling.

In other strange language news, there are now “rats that are trained”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=585&e=1&u=/nm/20050109/sc_nm/science_rats_dc to respond to Japanese but not Dutch.

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