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Live Chat: Do Animals Use Language?

27 July 2011 9:25 am
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See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
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Earlier this month, researchers reported that parrotlet chicks learn their calls from their parents, much like human children do from mom and dad. The study is the latest to challenge the idea that only humans use language. Why do animals vocalize in the wild? Are these sounds similar to human language? And what might these studies tell us about the evolution of our own language abilities?

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Ofer Tchernichovski


Michael J. Owren



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