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Contextual Flexibility in Infant Vocal Development and the Earliest Steps in the Evolution of Language

D. Kimbrough Oller and Ulrike Griebel

in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262151214
eISBN:
9780262281027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter claims that developmental evidence may be critical in determining the steps of evolution which led to vocal language, concentrating on the appearance of vocal contextual flexibility in ... More


Flexibility in Great Ape Vocal Production

Simon W. Townsend, Stuart K. Watson, and Katie E. Slocombe

in Chimpanzees in Context: A Comparative Perspective on Chimpanzee Behavior, Cognition, Conservation, and Welfare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226727844
eISBN:
9780226728032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226728032.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Language’s emergence has been argued to represent one of the major evolutionary transitions in the history of life, yet elucidating its origins is challenging. However, unpacking the phylogenetic ... More


Vocal Learning in Mammals with Special Emphasis on Pinnipeds

Ronald J. Schusterman

in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262151214
eISBN:
9780262281027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter offers remarkable evidence of vocal flexibility in pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), species whose learning capabilities are surprising indeed, and discusses published ... More


Contextual Sensitivity and Bird Song: A Basis for Social Life

Martine Hausberger, Laurence Henry, Benoît Testé, and Stéphanie Barbu

in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262151214
eISBN:
9780262281027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter presents evidence from songbirds of evolutionary convergence with certain features of the vocal flexibility found in humans, addresses human communication skills as a reference, and ... More


Vocal Communication in Chimpanzees and Bonobos: A Window into the Social World

Zanna Clay

in Chimpanzees in Context: A Comparative Perspective on Chimpanzee Behavior, Cognition, Conservation, and Welfare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226727844
eISBN:
9780226728032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226728032.003.0012
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Investigating how animals produce and understand vocalizations can provide a useful window through which to explore the underlying social awareness driving their communication. It can also provide ... More


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