Social Influences on Vocal Development

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Charles T. Snowdon, Martine Hausberger
Cambridge University Press, 1997 M03 20 - 352 páginas
For at least 30 years, there have been close parallels between studies of birdsong development and those of the development of human language. Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive period in development and subsequent practice through subsong and plastic song in birds and babbling in infant humans leading to the development of characteristic vocalisations 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. Social companions in a wide range of species including birds and humans but also cetaceans and nonhuman primates play important roles in shaping vocal production as well as the comprehension and appropriate usage of vocal communication. This book will be required reading for students and researchers interested in animal and human communication and its development.
 

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List of contributors
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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
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