Researchers Believe Monkey Alarm Sounds Link To Human Language

December 11, 2009

Ivory Coast (ChattahBox) – Researchers studying the behavior of Campbell’s monkeys has found that they are able to add different sounds to change the meaning behind warning calls.

The scientists at Tai National Park have been watching the local monkeys to find patterns of language and behavior.

They have found that when one of the monkeys puts out an alarm, of a warning call, they frequently add in another sound that changes the nature of the call.

This is similar to the way we, as humans, add in another word to change the meaning and context of a phrase. For example, “foot” and “hold” work as two different words, but when combined become “foothold”.

They have isolated three different prefixes; ‘hok,’ ‘krak,’ and ‘boom’. Each one signifies several; different meanings, including fallen branches, gathering for travel, and predators spotted.

The researchers believe that this could be a clue as to the origins of human language, with the primates expressing similar language connotations that we find in our own speech patterns.

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2 Responses to “Researchers Believe Monkey Alarm Sounds Link To Human Language”

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  2. Old Man Dotes on December 11th, 2009 3:59 pm

    So monkeys ought to be able to communicate with Glenn Beck quite nicely – assuming he’s sufficiently advanced to understand them. It’s obvious that monkeys can understand his spurious warnings.

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