Title

Why Vocal Production of Atypical Sounds in Apes and Cerebral Correlates Have a Lot to Say About the Origin of Language

Department

Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-17-2014

Abstract

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.

Journal

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Journal ISSN

1469-1825

Volume

37

Issue

6

First Page

565

Last Page

566

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1017/S0140525X13004135