- Title: UK: WOMAN CLAIMS TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK 'CAT'.
- Date: 12th June 1997
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUN 12, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/MCU: VARIOUS OF CATS/ KITTENS EATING (3 SHOTS) 0.20 2. CU: GOLDFISH IN TANK 0.26 3. GV: ALEXANDRA SELLERS "TALKING" TO CATS 0.33 4. CU: CUTAWAY TO CAT WATCHING 0.37 5. MV: SELLERS READING A sTORY TO CATS/ TALKING TO CAT/ UNHAPPY LOOKING CAT SCRATCHING SELLERS (3 SHOTS) 0.57 6. GV/MCU: CAT 1.06 7. MCU: SELLERS SAYING "I HAVE ONLY GIVEN THE BASIC WORDS. I HAVE PRESENTED PIDGIN CAT FOR THE USE OF IGNORANT HUMANS. SO THAT WE SPEAK A RATHER VULGARISED FORM OF CAT IN THIS BUT BETWEEN CATS THEMSELVES THEY HAVE A FULL COMMUNICATION." (ENGLISH) 1.23 8. GV: SHE CAT TALKING TO HER KITTENS 1.27 9. MV/MCU: ALEXANDRA SELLERS READING TO CATS (3 SHOTS) 2.02 10. MCU/SV: OF KITTEN "READING" BOOK (2 SHOTS) 2.16 Initials s.3 - p.3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 27th June 1997 13:00
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVAEJH41ZQ2EVG0HR36VM1QCQHN8
- Story Text: INTRO: A animal-lover, who claims to be able to talk to cats in their own language, has made a detailed study of the subject and published a book teaching humans how to speak "cat".
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Everyone knows cats can communicate between themselves - but no-one has ever claimed to both understand the language and be able to speak it as well.
Linguist Alexandra Sellers is so confident that she has the knowledge she has written a book to demonstrate to other cat owners how they can learn the art.
Alexandra, who is Canadian but lives in London, admits the book only scratches the surface of the cat language. But she believes it holds the key to enough of the lingo to cover most polite conversations which can be enjoyed between pet-owners and their cats in and around the home.
How to speak common phrases like "would you like a cushion" are included in the book, as well as how to interpret the cat favourite "my dinner is not in my dish", or the potentially very useful "I know the winning lottery numbers".
Once competent in the basic cat-language, according to Alexandra, human learners can soon advance to reading popular cat tales to their attentive pet in its own tongue.
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