Do marmosets take turns in conversation?

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.

Takahashi, D. Y., Narayanan, D. Z., & Ghazanfar, A. A. (2013). Coupled oscillator dynamics of vocal turn-taking in monkeys. Current Biology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2013.09.005.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Had I Been A Reviewer and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s