Animal Language in the Quran: The Application of Charles Hockett’s Design Features

1Wuria Izzaddin Ali and Ismail Abdulrahman Abdulla

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Abstract:

The present paper aims at analyzing those Quranic verses which talk about the fact that animals, in general, ants and birds in particular, like humans, have their communication system. It also tries to investigate the applicability of Charles Hockett’s design features for human and animal communication system in a Quranic perspective. In order to achieve these aims, the researchers have quoted the verses which narrate the events in which the non-human creatures talked, or better to say, communicated in a way that resembles to human language. It has been hypothesized that the design features proposed by Hockett are fully applicable to animal communication system as far as Quran is concerned. In the end, the researchers suggest that it is quite safe and sound to call the system by which animals interact with each other a language, like human language, not “animal communication system.”

Keywords:

Quran, human and animal language, Charles Hockett’s design features

Paper Details
Month9
Year2019
Volume23
IssueIssue 2
Pages764-771