The Differences Between Animal Communication & the Human Language

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The Differences Between Animal Communication & the Human Language
Most of us use gestures and sign languages to communicate with our pets. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The use of communication allowed the world to develop dramatically. The power of communication is not limited to humans, as animals also use it. The ways different creatures communicate vary greatly. The important thing is that it brings understanding among individuals, thus preventing chaos and disorder.


The question on how the human language improved can be based on the power of the human mind as well as the gift of rationality humans have. Animals generally communicate using signal codes or through limited responses to a particular situation. Humans, on the other hand, make use of a true language or an arbitrary signalling system that allows them to convey interactions indefinitely.


Human language is a way of expressing thoughts into words. It follows rules of grammar, syntax and pronunciation. Human language reflects the ability to relate the past and imagine the future. The ability to talk about what happened before is an exclusive characteristic of the human language. Also, humans have the capability to invent new ways of speech in any context, like jokes, dramas and lies.


Animal communication does not use words, thus limiting the number and type of messages they can convey. Generally, animals use different forms of communication such as gesturing with other animals. Through gestures, they are able to signal when it is time for feeding or a prey is coming, or to do a courtship ritual.

Ways of Expression

Some animals communicate with the use of facial expressions, like an angry dog that snarls and shows its fierce teeth. Animals such as whales, dolphins and elephants also use vocalisation as a form of courtship, warning and mating. Animal communication helps care for their young, mate, find food and keep away from enemies.

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