Revisiting the syntactic abilities of non-human animals: natural vocalizations and artificial grammar learning

@article{Cate2012RevisitingTS,
  title={Revisiting the syntactic abilities of non-human animals: natural vocalizations and artificial grammar learning},
  author={C. Ten Cate and K. Okanoya},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={367},
  pages={1984 - 1994}
}
  • C. Ten Cate, K. Okanoya
  • Published 2012
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
The domain of syntax is seen as the core of the language faculty and as the most critical difference between animal vocalizations and language. We review evidence from spontaneously produced vocalizations as well as from perceptual experiments using artificial grammars to analyse animal syntactic abilities, i.e. abilities to produce and perceive patterns following abstract rules. Animal vocalizations consist of vocal units (elements) that are combined in a species-specific way to create higher… Expand
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