Pragmatic flexibility in primate vocal production

  title={Pragmatic flexibility in primate vocal production},
  author={Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L Cheney},
  journal={Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences},
The production of vocalizations by monkeys and apes is often described as highly constrained and fundamentally different from human speech. We review recent field studies of baboons and bonobos that suggest greater flexibility. Calls function to reduce the uncertainty inherent in social interactions. Vocal production, like individuals’ responses to calls, is subtly tuned to variation in the social context, including a caller’s assessment of how a listener is likely to respond. We suggest… CONTINUE READING

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