Essay 2 Assignment.docx - LING 123 Chatterjee Essay 2 Due by 11:59pm(on Canvas 25 Points(worth 15 of final course grade Essay 2 Vocal Communication of

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LING 123 / Chatterjee Essay 2 Due 12/16/2019 by 11:59pm (on Canvas) 25 Points (worth 15% of final course grade) Essay 2: Vocal Communication of Humans and Nonhuman Primates T OPIC In this essay, you will compare and contrast human language and the vocal communication of nonhuman primates. Specifically, you should analyze how the vocal communication systems of humans and nonhuman primates compare in terms of: (1) production mechanism (anatomy and process); (2) repertoires (types of signals and range of meanings that the signals convey); and (3) underlying cognitive abilities (grammar, referentiality, intentionality, theory of mind, etc.). Questions (1) and (2) should be discussed briefly; your primary focus is question (3), which should take up a majority of both space and emphasis in your essay. One of the key questions in the study of human language considers which aspects of language are uniquely human and which may be considered part of our primate heritage (see Zuberbuhler 2012). This is a difficult
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