Human Exceptionalism Fail: “Nonhuman primates model language evolution”


“Nonhuman primates were long seen as lacking many of the key elements that enable language in humans…Snowdon discusses recent research that challenge this assumption: Marmosets and chimpanzees are able to take turns, macaques and baboons have a vocal tract that is capable of human-like speech, and several primate species can learn or modify sounds in response to environmental or social variables. Apes also communicate through complex gestures. As long as the many components that make up speech and language are considered, much can be learned about language evolution from studying nonhuman primates


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