Birdsong and human speech: common themes and mechanisms.

  title={Birdsong and human speech: common themes and mechanisms.},
  author={A. J. Doupe and Patricia K. Kuhl},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
  • A. DoupeP. Kuhl
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Annual review of neuroscience
Human speech and birdsong have numerous parallels. Both humans and songbirds learn their complex vocalizations early in life, exhibiting a strong dependence on hearing the adults they will imitate, as well as themselves as they practice, and a waning of this dependence as they mature. Innate predispositions for perceiving and learning the correct sounds exist in both groups, although more evidence of innate descriptions of species-specific signals exists in songbirds, where numerous species of… 

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