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Language evolution: Semantic combinations in primate calls

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Kate Arnold, Klaus Zuberbuhler

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Abstract

Syntax sets human language apart from other natural communication systems, although its evolutionary origins are obscure1. Here we show that free-ranging putty-nosed monkeys combine two vocalizations into different call sequences that are linked to specific external events, such as the presence of a predator and the imminent movement of the group. Our findings indicate that non-human primates can combine calls into higher-order sequences that have a particular meaning.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-303
Number of pages1
JournalNature
Volume441
Issue number7091
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Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2006

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