Analysis / Martha Speaks
How can Martha talk? Well, when she eats alphabet soup, the letters (or at least the information they carry), go to her brain. However, this doesn't work on other dogs. If Martha goes two days without any soup she can no longer talk until she eats more soup, and if one or more letters are missing, they aren't transmitted to her brain and she cannot say those letters. She can speak English and Dog, and can also understand Cat, but cannot speak it. If Martha eats soup from another country, she starts speaking only in that country's language. (Hmm, I wonder if she ate Canadian alphabet soup would she speak English, French, or both?) So, yes, Martha does speak, and boy she has a lot to say!