Added by on June 14, 2019 Indeed, for all of the many continuities that link humans with nonhuman animals, one of the great discontinuities is the way we use language. Human infants, almost as soon as they begin to learn the names of things, take a manifest pleasure in using the name for its own sake. They will point to an object and say what it is – not because they want it, but for no other reason than to share the pleasure of calling the attention of another human mind to it.