Language Log hosts a guest post by Margaret Wilson, an expert in monkey communication. She reviews a recent paper (Takahashi et al, 2013) that claims to demonstrate conversational turn-taking in marmosets. Turn-taking is a crucial feature of human communication, but Wilson points out that the marmoset data fails to exhibit the characteristic dynamics of human behaviour. It all unfolds on the wrong time scale, and this, she argues, makes the marmoset behaviour merely ‘call and response’.
Wilson also commented on this piece by Ed Yong.
- Marmoset conversation (languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu)