Chimpanzees Learn Local Accent To Talk To New Neighbors

February 6, 2015 2:45 PM

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Until now, it was believed that the ability to modify their accents to fit in with new social groups was something unique to humans. But a new study reveals that chimpanzees can also pick up a new accent to better communicate with their new neighbors. Katie Slocombe, a professor of psychology at the University of York, said that, when exposed to a new social group, chimps change their calls to sound more like other group members.

Chimpanzees have special grunts for different types of foods like apples and bread. When one chimp grunts for a specific food, others respond by looking for that food. Slocombe said human’s ability to learn new words from our peers might go back to our common ancestor with chimpanzees. She told BBC ...

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