Monkeys Can Do It Too

A new study finds that monkeys can distinguish between “right” and “wrong” grammatical patterns. While the results don’t mean that monkeys can use language, they do shed light on the evolution of human language and how humans learn grammar rules. (HT: Marginal Revolution) [%comments]


Toni Borowsky

Hmmm. This study shows that monkeys can hear differences in utterances, but it certainly doesnt show they can make judgements about those utterances

Ruth

This was debunked on Language Log:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1596#more-1596

It isn't that hard to figure out the monkeys noticed changes in their sound track. Please look at junk science stories with a more skeptical eye -- you wouldn't put up with idiotic conclusions drawn from an economic study that was as badly designed as this experiment.