Dog Might Provide Clues on How Language Is Acquired - NYTimes.com
A man has taught his dog to recognize over 1000 nouns, but does the dog know any verbs? He says the next project is to see if the dog can learn "grammar." I may end up teaching Latin to dogs before my so-called vita is over.
The dog does not seem ready to challenge the primates who have learned to ad-lib vocabulary combinations for unfamiliar things (e.g., the gorilla, I believe, that, when presented with tough-textured kale for the first time, signed "slow lettuce").