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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2018 Vol.37 No.1

Advanced in Syntactic Structures of Vocal Communications in Animals
Author of the article:YU Yanping, ZHANG Kangkang, LIU Ying*
Author's Workplace:Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resource Conservation and Utilization, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
Key Words:animals; communication calls; syntactic structure; syntactic divergence
Abstract:Animals use acoustic signals to accomplish a series of communication activities, such as recognition, courtship, alarm, and so on. More complex vocal signals can bring more information, and thus more complete and efficient messages will be sent to the receivers. Animals use complicated communication calls to improve the fitness of senders and receivers. However, although animals only emit limited syllable types, they can use syntax to form syllables into complex call sequences which convey more detailed and richer messages through various combination patterns. In addition, animal syntax is similar to human grammar. Studying the syntax structure will contribute to comprehend the formation mechanism of human language. Therefore, we summarize and classify the syntactic structure to reveal the forming rules of communication calls. Subsequently, the divergence and geographic variation of syntax in different animals are discussed, and these will provide a scientific reference basis for understanding the forming and maintaining mechanism of human dialects. Finally, we conclude the research progress of syntactic structure to provide reasonable suggests for future focal point and orientation as well as syntax research.
2018,37(1): 108-120 收稿日期:2017-09-27
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