The end of the Janus project in 9 days and counting. 356+ headlines and poems. When I read today’s story it just brought to mind the Planet of the Apes so I speculated ….. what if dogs’ intelligence developed? Of course they don’t have opposable thumbs so they’d have a lot of catching up to do.
Planet of the Dogs
|What comes next?
What will happen when dogs can text?
Rise of the Planet of the Dogs.
Poodles and pitbulls, chihuahuas as well,
Led by a collie
The dogs of war
22nd December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Boning up on grammar: Researchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words.” Chaser the border collie has swapped sheep and shepherds for syntax and semantics. The black and white sheepdog has not only learnt and remembered more than 1,000 proper nouns but she has also grasped some of the finer points of English grammar. University academics who have tested her knowledge believe the results show the dog learned, like children, to respond in the right way to different types of words. “Our findings showed that Chaser was successful in demonstrating syntax and semantic understanding on 75 per cent of the trials,” say the researchers. They say the dog was able to demonstrate understanding of nouns and verbs which represents a giant leap in her “understanding of language and opens the door for learning further language skills.”
- Boning up on grammar: Researchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words (independent.co.uk)
- Smart dog: Border collie learns language, grammar (usatoday.com)
- Fetch Grammar (oddlots.wordpress.com)
- How Do Dogs Learn Words? Just Like Kids (Op-Ed) (livescience.com)