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Study Finds Dogs Can Distinguish Different Human Languages

Posted On: Jan 28, 2022   |   Posted By: iHeart Dogs

Study Finds Dogs Can Distinguish Different Human Languages

We know that dogs can understand many of our words. Still, there are around 7,000 spoken human languages. So, do dogs know when people are speaking a different language than the one they're used to?
A new study from Hungary aimed to determine whether dogs can tell when people are speaking different languages. Researchers at the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University also wanted to know whether dogs recognize the difference between actual speech and scrambled nonsense.

Laura V. Cuaya, first author of the study, moved from Mexico to Hungary with her dog Kun-kun. She wondered whether Kun-kun, whom she'd only spoken to in Spanish, recognized that people in his new country spoke a different language.
“We know that people, even preverbal human infants, notice the difference,” Cuaya said in a statement. “But maybe dogs do not bother. After all, we never draw our dogs' attention to how a specific language sounds.”
How The Study Worked
The study participants, Kun-Kun and 17 other...

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