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Nik Taylor wrote:
> Animal communication wouldn't be language because, first
> off, they typically only communicate emotions, and not information, and
> they are also not built on a finite number of building blocks.  A cat
> may have several different meows, but those meows can't be combined into
> words.  If conlangs can fulfil these requirements, what does it matter
> *where* it came from?

Science has shown that some animals convey information to each other. A
good example is bees. Bees do a certain dance to tell other bees where
good flowers are. Among mammals, one species of animal can have several
different sounds, used for different purposes. Some animals have a
distinct cry when predators approach, for instance. (Of course, one
might say this is conveying fear, an emotion.)