Some Monkeys Have Conversations That Resemble Ours – Wired Science

The sounds of marmoset monkeys chattering may hint at the mysterious origins of human language.A new study shows that marmosets exchange calls in a precisely timed, back-and-forth fashion typical of human conversation, but not found in other primates. The monkeys don’t appear to have a language, but the timing suggests the foundations of our own.“That could be the foundation of more sophisticated things, like syntax,” said psychologist Asif Ghazanfar of Princeton University, co-author of the study, which was published today in Current Biology. “You can’t have any of those other really cool aspects of language without first having this.”

via Some Monkeys Have Conversations That Resemble Ours – Wired Science.

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