Let’s turn our hands to British Sign Language Letters

Could I suggest that Richard Simcott gives British Sign Language a go (Experience: I speak more than 50 languages, 12 August)? It has faced centuries of oppression and at times in history has been banned in the most cruel ways (schoolchildren punished for signing, for example). The UK did not recognize BSL as an official … Read more

Can artificial intelligence really help us talk to the animals? | Language

or dolphin handler makes the signal for “together” with her hands, followed by “create”. The two trained dolphins disappear underwater, exchange sounds and then emerge, flip on their backs and lift their tails. They have devised a new trick of their own and performed it in tandem, just as requested. “It doesn’t prove that there’s … Read more

Big thumbs up for SVN’s sign language skills

A student nurse at Willows Veterinary Center and Referral Service played a vital role in a major operation to cure a dog’s lameness. Emma Paul, who is training at the West Midlands-based, Linnaeus-owned small animal hospital, was not directly involved in the surgery to repair a damaged cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in a cocker spaniel, … Read more

Pic to pork – shifts in language from field to fork | Farm animals

The ambivalence of our relationship with animals is embedded in our language’s history (Farm animals and humans should be treated the same, children say, 11 April). When serving their new masters in tending the beasts of the field, farm workers would have spoken of an Old English sceap (sheep), cu (cow) or caelf (calf). But … Read more