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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

If apes and monkeys have vocal cords why can't they talk like humans can do?

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  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Look up Broca's Area and Wernicke's Area - found only in the human mind - just like religion.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sorry, my answer is "Anonymous" as your post is Anonymous. There is no need for an Anonymous question in this category, Most 'Anonymous' posts are trolls or people posting their homework, maybe yours is not, but the high likelihood is there. If you post as yourself, I would be glad to help you with any problem you have.

    I spend a lot of time on each problem, I just want to make sure it's for a worthwhile cause.

  • P.L.
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    They have different ways of communicating with each other so don't really need speech in the way that we humans need it.  All animals seem to have their own ways of communicating and those ways are good enough for those particular animals.

  • 1 month ago

    What makes you think they don't talk behind our backs?  Apes and monkeys are very cunning and deceitful.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    they arent shaped the same so they cant make human noises

  • @Gray Bold provided the reason why apes cannot talk like humans do.

    However, that does not mean that apes cannot communicate by understandable means. Several apes have been taught sign language. See, for example, Koko the gorilla in the videos below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNuZ4OE6vCk

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  • 1 month ago

    Pioneering work on the structure and evolution of the larynx was carried out in the 1920s by the British comparative anatomist Victor Negus, culminating in his monumental work The Mechanism of the Larynx (1929). Negus, however, pointed out that the descent of the larynx reflected the reshaping and descent of the human tongue into the pharynx. In contrast, though other species have low larynges, their tongues remain anchored in their mouths and their vocal tracts cannot produce the range of speech sounds of humans.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no physical reason why apes can't talk. The difference is mental.

     

    "Language is the systematic use of designators — the rule-based use of abstract signs. That is why a lion’s roar, an ape’s gesture, or a bird’s song are not really language. They are signals. A signal is not rule-based (signals have no grammar) and signals are concrete, not abstract. 

     

    Only humans have language because only humans are capable of rule-based abstract signing. Animals can often employ complex signals but no animal uses rule-based designators. Animals that can be trained to communicate using “language” (such as parrots or apes) are using words as signals, not as designators. For example, you can train your dog to go fetch the leash when you say “Do you want to go for a walk?” because he has learned to fetch the leash in response to those sounds, which he hears as a signal. He does not understand them as a grammatical construction and will certainly not go on to discuss the weather forecast with you. His communication is concrete, not abstract."

    Source(s): Several apes have been taught sign language. but results were disappointing. Their abilities plateaued early at the signalling stage and they never learned language, which is why these experiments have not continued.
  • Jake
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    They're about the closest ancestors we have solely because they have opposables

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Their brains are not 'wired' to take advantage of their capacity to speak. 

    I suppose the need to discuss deep philosophical arguments  

    flies out of the window when all you want is a banana and a shag.

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