Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Chatty bats and the biology of language

Authors
Vernes, Sonja C.
Departments
Neurogenetik der lautlichen Kommunikation
Summary
How the capacity for human language evolved and is encoded in our biology is one of the great unanswered questions. Studying language relevant abilities in animals, such as the ability to learn new vocalisations, will make it possible to decipher the basis of these traits. By studying the genetics, neurobiology and behaviour of bats we will advance our knowledge about the origins of mammalian vocal communication and may ultimately gain insight into the biological encoding and evolution of human speech and langauge.

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