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Talking animal

For talking animals in folklore and storytelling, see talking animals in fiction.

A talking animal or speaking animal refers to any non-human animal which can produce sounds (or gestures) resembling those of a human language. Many species or groups of animals have developed forms of Animal Communication Systems (ACS) which to some appear to be a verbal language. These are not defined as language in the human sense—they lack grammar, syntax, recursion, and displacement...