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Hannah Holmes Chatty as a Magpie displays the relationship humans and animals have with communication As Holmes goes into detail about communication she carefully analyzes her research and information by explaining communications origins its process and how it relates to humans and animals Though Holmes exhibits a deep understanding on human and animal communication through her research examples and personal anecdotes she is unable to effectively develop and express her evidence in some parts of her pieceTo aid in supporting her claim that animals can interact similar to humans Holmes brings up the ability that animals have to create their own words and sentences She utilizes biologist Con Slobodchikoff s study on prairie dogs and their ability to encode and process information When the prairie dogs were shown 2 unknown species to them a horned owl and a foreign ferret each prairie dog independently made the same noises a different one for each species Holmes applies scientific research and facts from an expert to validate her claims on animal and human communication When Holmes includes an expert s study in her piece she adds a sense of credibility to it It makes her piece seem more reliable The experts study confirms Holmes claim of animals being able to create words making her argument more appealing She uses her research to legitimize her claims allowing her to develop examples to aid in the audiences understanding However Holmes shared an example where human and animal language was completely different When she discusses human vocal stylings from those of the animal rabble Holmes 5 she uses a sentence with syntax and one without demonstrating that in animal rabble where there is no order the form of specific words change to explain how they connect Her use of the 2 different sentences establishes the distinct difference from human and animal communication Why would Holmes include this in her piece Instead of illustrating similarities this example seems
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