The Syntax and Meaning of Wild Gibbon Songs

@article{Clarke2006TheSA,
  title={The Syntax and Meaning of Wild Gibbon Songs},
  author={Esther Clarke and Ulrich H Reichard and Klaus Zuberb{\"u}hler},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2006},
  volume={1},
  pages={143 - 155}
}
Spoken language is a result of the human capacity to assemble simple vocal units into more complex utterances, the basic carriers of semantic information. Not much is known about the evolutionary origins of this behaviour. The vocal abilities of non-human primates are relatively unimpressive in comparison, with gibbon songs being a rare exception. These apes assemble a repertoire of call notes into elaborate songs, which function to repel conspecific intruders, advertise pair bonds, and attract… CONTINUE READING

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