Language: Startling starlings

@article{Marcus2006LanguageSS,
  title={Language: Startling starlings},
  author={G. Marcus},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={440},
  pages={1117-1118}
}
  • G. Marcus
  • Published 2006
  • History, Medicine
  • Nature
Recursion, once thought to be the unique province of human language, now seems to be within the ken of a common songbird — perhaps providing insight into the origins of language.The language of birdsongNoam Chomsky's work on ‘generative grammar’ led to the concept of a set of rules that can generate a natural language with a hierarchical grammar, and the idea that this represents a uniquely human ability. In a series of experiments with European starlings, in which several types of ‘warble’ and… Expand
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