Monkey grammar

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Fri Jul 10 06:19:05 UTC 2009

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Monkey grammar

A team of Harvard psychologists has proved that monkeys can tell the  
difference between a banana and a nabama.

  Well, maybe not exactly banana and nabama. After all, monkeys can’t  
talk. Even though a few chimps learned to sign, they’re hopeless at  
grammar and possess nothing even remotely resembling human language.  
Plus, three-syllable banana is a pretty long word for any primate. But  
14 tamarins did notice when researchers switched the order of the  
sounds in a series of two-syllable nonsense words.

Find out the significance of this research --- read the rest of the  
post on the Web of Language:

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