Comparative analyses of speech and language converge on birds
Author(s)Beckers, Gabriël J. L.; Berwick, Robert C; Bolhuis, Johan J.
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Unlike nonhuman primates, thousands of bird species have articulatory capabilities that equal or surpass those of humans, and they develop their vocalizations through vocal imitation in a way that is very similar to how human infants learn to speak. An understanding of how speech mechanisms have evolved is therefore unlikely to yield key insights into how the human brain is special.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Beckers, Gabriël J. L. et al. "Comparative analyses of speech and language converge on birds." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37, 6 (December 2014): 547 - 548 © 2014 Cambridge University Press