Some Analysis Methods That May be Useful to Acoustic Primatologists

  • Michael J. Owren
  • Christopher D. Linker


Throughout the course of modern primatology, researchers have shown an abiding interest in characterizing the acoustic properties of vocalizations produced by their study species. While the number of primatologists specializing in such work (which will be called acoustic primatology) has remained small, it has been recognized that vocalization-related data can have important implications for many fundamental questions about non-human primate behavior (e.g., Cheney and Seyfarth, 1990). The acoustic primatologist’s task is not, however, a straightforward one. Acoustics is a complex, technologically intensive discipline and effective acoustic analysis requires the use of a variety of specialized procedures. Unfortunately, relatively little in the way of a common set of methods or standards has been established for analysis of non-human primate calls and few techniques have been specifically developed for use with these signals.


Vocal Tract Alarm Call Vervet Monkey Inverse Filter Linear Predictive Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Owren
    • 1
  • Christopher D. Linker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at DenverDenverUSA

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