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Animal Languages

(2019)
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Dolphins and parrots call each other by their names. Fork tailed drongos mimic the calls of other animals to scare them away and then steal their dinner. In the songs of many species of birds, and in skin patterns of squid, we find grammatical structures . . .

If you are lucky, you might meet an animal that wants to talk to you. If you are even luckier, you might meet an animal that takes the time and effort to get to know you. Such relationships can teach us not only about the animal in question, but also about language and about ourselves.

From how prairie dogs describe intruders in detail -- including their size, shape, speed and the colour of their hair and T-shirts -- to how bats like to gossip, to the impressive greeting rituals of monogamous seabirds, Animal Languages is a fascinating and philosophical exploration of the ways animals communicate with each other, and with us.

Researchers are discovering that animals have rich and complex languages with grammatical and structural rules that allow them to strategise, share advice, give warnings, show love and gossip amongst themselves. Animal Languages will reveal this surprising hidden social life and show you how to talk with the animals.



Hardback Editions

August 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the living world
Author(s): Eva Meijer
ISBN: 1-4736-7767-X / 978-1-4736-7767-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the living world
Author(s): Eva Meijer
ISBN: 1-4736-7770-X / 978-1-4736-7770-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the living world
Author(s): Eva Meijer
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU