Dogs Learn Language Differently Than Humans
While many dog-owners may marvel at their petâ€™s human-like ability to understand new words; research by scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, suggests that dogs learn words in a fundamentally different way to us.
Dogs have long been thought to learn new words in a similar way to humans; using an objectâ€™s shape such as â€˜roundâ€™ for a ball, to associate words with objects. The importance of shape in human object-recognition is known as â€˜shape-biasâ€™. However, when dogs are learning the name of a new object, researchers found that they associate the word to the object based first on its size and secondly on its texture, rather than on its shape.