Why vocal production of atypical sounds in apes and its cerebral correlates have a lot to say about the origin of language


  • Meguerditchian Adrien
  • Taglialatela Jared P.
  • Leavens David A.
  • Hopkins William D.

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Ackermann et al. mention the ``acquisition of species-atypical sounds'' in apes without any discussion. In our commentary, we demonstrate that these atypical sounds in chimpanzees not only include laryngeal sounds, but also have a major significance regarding the origins of language, if we consider looking at their context of use, their social properties, their relations with gestures, their lateralization, and their neurofunctional correlates as well.

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