Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Monkeys & language   posted by Razib @ 12/09/2009 05:44:00 PM

The paper is out, Campbell's monkeys concatenate vocalizations into context-specific call sequences. Nicholas Wade and Ed Yong review the evidence. One of the issues is that chimps don't seem to have syntax, so how can a monkey? But since domesticated dogs have better human-comprehensible theory of mind than chimps I don't think genetic distance or general intelligence should weight that highly.