Vocal responsiveness in male wild chimpanzees: implications for the evolution of language.

  title={Vocal responsiveness in male wild chimpanzees: implications for the evolution of language.},
  author={A. C. Arcadi},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  volume={39 2},
  • A. C. Arcadi
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Journal of human evolution
  • Several captive chimpanzees and bonobos have learned to use symbols and to comprehend syntax. Thus, compared with other nonhumans, these animals appear to have unusual cognitive powers that can be recruited for communicative behavior. This raises the possibility that wild chimpanzee vocal communication is more complex than heretofore demonstrated. To examine this possibility, I investigated whether wild chimpanzee vocal exchanges exhibit uniquely human conversational attributes. The results… CONTINUE READING
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