Social Influences on Vocal Development / Edition 1

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Overview

Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive period in development, as well as subsequent practice (subsong and plastic song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that leads to the development of characteristic vocalizations for each species. This book illustrates how social interactions during development can shape vocal learning and extend the sensitive period beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce flexibility even into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a wide range of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal production as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal communication.

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"...this is an important volume that should be read by students of behavioral development and related neural mechanisms." The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521495264
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Charles T. Snowdon and Martine Hausberger; 2. Social interaction and sensitive phases for song learning: a critical review Douglas A. Nelson; 3. Social interaction and vocal development in birds Luis F. Baptista and Sandra L. L. Gaunt; 4. Building a social agenda for the study of bird song Meredith J. West, Andrew P. King and Todd M. Freeberg; 5. Field observations, experimental design and the time and place of learning in bird songs Robert B. Payne and Laura L. Payne; 6. Vocal learning in wild and domesticated Zebra Finches: signature cues for kin recognition or epiphenomena? Richard Zann; 7. What birds with complex social relationships can tell us about vocal learning: vocal sharing in avian groups Eleanor D. Brown and Susan M. Farabaugh; 8. Social influences on song acquisition and sharing in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) Martine Hausberger; 9. Social influences on the acquisition of human-based codes in parrots and nonhuman primates Irene Maxine Pepperberg; 10. Vocal learning in captive bottlenose dolphins: a comparison to humans and nonhuman animals Brenda McCowan and Diana Reiss; 11. Vocal learning in cetaceans Peter L. Tyack and Laela S. Sayigh; 12. Social influences on vocal development in New World primates Charles T. Snowdon, A. Margaret Elowson and Rebecca S. Roush; 13. Some general features of vocal development in nonhuman primates Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney; 14. Social influences on vocal learning in human and nonhuman primates John L. Locke and Catherine Snow; 15. The resilience of language in humans Susan Goldin-Meadow; 16. Reciprocal interactions and the development of communication and language between parents and children Annick Jouanjean-l'Anto├źne; 17. Crafting activities: building social organization through language in girls' and boys' groups Marjorie Harness Goodwin; Index.

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