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Evolution of Communicative FlexibilityComplexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication$
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D. Kimbrough Oller and Ulrike Griebel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262151214

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.001.0001

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Constraints in Primate Vocal Production

Constraints in Primate Vocal Production

(p.92) (p.93) 5 Constraints in Primate Vocal Production
Evolution of Communicative Flexibility

Kurt Hammerschmidt

Julia Fischer

The MIT Press

This chapter presents additional perspectives on vocalization capabilities in primates. It concentrates on a series of studies that have explored the vocal ontogeny of nonhuman primates and flexibility in the structure and usage of nonhuman primate calls, and then compares these findings to the development of preverbal utterances in human children. The chapter shows that the structure of nonhuman primate vocalizations is largely innate, and suggests that nonhuman primates can display a lifelong high degree of variability in their vocal types.

Keywords:   vocalization, nonhuman primates, vocal ontogeny, flexibility, human children, preverbal utterances

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