Vocal Learning in Nonhuman Primates: Importance of Vocal Contexts

  • Chieko Yamaguchi
  • Akihiro Izumi


Humans acquire languages indeed naturally. Although newborn infants can not speak anything, they acquire normal speech by hearing adults’ conversations without some explicit training. Human infants learn a language which they are exposed to in childhood. Although it is impossible for adults to acquire a new language in the same level of the language which was learned in childhood, adults learn some new languages with considerable efforts.


Nonhuman Primate Japanese Macaque Japanese Monkey Common Marmoset Vervet Monkey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chieko Yamaguchi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Akihiro Izumi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyama, Aichi
  2. 2.Department of Animal Models for Human Disease, National Institute of NeuroscienceNational Center of Neurology and PsychiatryKodaira, TokyoJapan

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