Combinatorial animal communication with computable syntax: Chick-a-dee calling qualifies as ‘Language’ by structural linguistics

  title={Combinatorial animal communication with computable syntax: Chick-a-dee calling qualifies as ‘Language’ by structural linguistics},
  author={J. Hailman and M. Ficken},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
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