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(I've not read the study and think that you have to take these things with a big lump of rock salt, but)

Mankind can chalk up another lesson in humility: We're not the only species that can learn grammar.


But nine of [the] 11 starlings learned to spot [clauses] at least 90 percent of the time, identifying the utterances by pecking buttons in exchange for a food reward. This shows that there's no "single magic bullet" separating humans from animals, said UCSD cognitive scientist Jeffrey Elman, who was not involved in Gentner's study.



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