Which animal has the most advanced language in the world?
Prairie dogs have a range of descriptive sounds to describe potential threats. They emit different noises for different predators and when scientists dressed in different colours, or were of different heights, the prairie dogs made different calls. Prairie dogs can also construct new words for things they haven’t come across before. But captive Prairie dogs in zoos have not learnt to speak and just emit distress calls.
Human-animal translation devices may be available within 10 years
Slobodchikoff, the researcher behind these studies is developing a device that uses voice pattern recognition techniques and artificial intelligence to translate between human and animal speech, including dometic dogs.
Slobodchikoff is an animal behaviourist and professor emeritus at North Arizona University.