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Vocal communication in gibbons.

Clarke, E. and Zuberbühler, K. and Reichard, U. H. (2014) 'Vocal communication in gibbons.', in The evolution of language : proceedings of the 10th International Conference (EVOLANG10), Vienna, Austria, 14-17 April 2014. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 413-414.


Many non-human primates use vocal communication referentially and also use simple syntax and grammar. However, their comparative vocal repertoires are disappointingly sparse, with many researchers concluding that they have fixed vocal patterns made up of a limited number of discrete units used in a relatively small array of contexts (see McComb & Semple, 2005 for a review). Furthermore, these vocal patterns seem to be innate, under high genetic control with little evidence for vocal learning – something that humans are masters at (Janik & Slater 1997). This leaves us with some questions. Firstly, how did humans become so adept at producing and learning vocal sounds? And, secondly, are there any extant primate species with vocal behaviours that can be directly compared to our own?…

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Publisher statement:Vocal communication in gibbons, Clarke, E., Zuberbühler, K. & Reichard, U. H. Copyright @ 2014 with permission from World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
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Date deposited:12 August 2016
Date of first online publication:31 May 2014
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