• What Pinnipeds Have to Say about Human Speech, Music, and the Evolution of Rhythm

    • Andrea Ravignani
      Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • W. Tecumseh Fitch
      Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften, Universität Wien
    • Frederike D. Hanke
      Sensory and Cognitive Ecology, Institute for Biosciences, University of Rostock
    • Tamara Heinrich
      Sensory and Cognitive Ecology, Institute for Biosciences, University of Rostock
    • Bettina Hurgitsch
      Chemnitz Zoo
    • Sonja A. Kotz
      Basic and Applied NeuroDynamics Lab, Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University
    • Constance Scharff
      Department of Animal Behavior, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin
    • Angela S. Stoeger
      Department für Kognitionsbiologie, Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften, Universität Wien
    • Bart de Boer
      Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Research on the evolution of human speech and music benefits from hypotheses and data generated in a number of disciplines. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the high relevance of pinniped research for the study of speech, musical rhythm, and their origins, bridging and complementing current research on primates and birds. We briefly discuss speech, vocal learning, and rhythm from an evolutionary and comparative perspective. We review the current state of the art on pinniped communication and behavior relevant to the evolution of human speech and music, showing interesting parallels to hypotheses on rhythmic behavior in early hominids. We suggest future research directions in terms of species to test and empirical data needed.

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  • Wissenschaftlicher Artikel

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  • 2016

  • 10

  • Frontiers Media SA

  • Englisch

  • Frei zugänglich

  • 283435 – European Union (all programmes)

  • 1662-453X

  • evolution of speech; evolution of music; evolution of language; vocal learning; entrainment; timing; synchronization; seal