Flexible usage and social function in primate vocalizations

  title={Flexible usage and social function in primate vocalizations},
  author={Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={1974 - 1979}
  • D. CheneyR. Seyfarth
  • Published 5 February 2018
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Significance When compared with humans, nonhuman primates have small vocal repertoires that show little acoustic modification during development. These limitations pose a dilemma for those interested in the evolution of language. Recent research, however, suggests that monkeys and apes show an extensive ability to modify their use of calls in different social contexts. Many vocalizations function to facilitate social interaction by reducing the uncertainty about the signaler’s intentions and… 

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