Social Influences on Vocal Development

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 20, 1997 - Medical - 352 pages
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Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive period in development, as well as subsequent practice (subsong and plastic song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that leads to the development of characteristic vocalizations for each species. This book illustrates how social interactions during development can shape vocal learning and extend the sensitive period beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce flexibility even into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a wide range of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal production as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal communication.
 

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Contents

List of contributors
1
Social interaction and vocal development in birds
23
Building a social agenda for the study of bird song
41
Field observations experimental design and the time and place of learning bird songs
57
Signature cues for kin recognition
85
Vocal sharing
98
Social influences on song acquisition and sharing in the European starling Sturnus vulgaris
128
Social influences on the acquisition of humanbased codes in parrots and nonhuman primates
157
Vocal learning in cetaceans
208
Social influences on vocal development in New World primates
234
Some general features of vocal development in nonhuman primates
249
Social influences on vocal learning in human and nonhuman primates
274
The resilience of language in humans
293
Reciprocal interactions and the development of communication and language between parents
312
Building social organization through language in girls and boys groups
328
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A comparison with humans and nonhuman
178

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