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Why don't chimps talk and humans sing like canaries?

Johansson, Sverker; Zlatev, Jordan LU and Gärdenfors, Peter LU (2006) In Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29(3). p.287-288
Abstract
We focus on two problems with the evolutionary scenario proposed: (1) It bypasses the question of the origins of the communicative and semiotic features that make language distinct from, say, pleasant but meaningless sounds. (2) It does little to explain the absence of language in, for example, chimpanzees: Most of the selection pressures invoked apply just as strongly to chimps. We suggest how these problems could possibly be amended.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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29
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3
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287 - 288
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Cambridge University Press
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1469-1825
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10.1017/S0140525X06319061
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English
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  author       = {Johansson, Sverker and Zlatev, Jordan and Gärdenfors, Peter},
  issn         = {1469-1825},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {287--288},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  title        = {Why don't chimps talk and humans sing like canaries?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X06319061},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2006},
}