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Solving the secrets of syntax: A review of the mechanisms influencing the syntactical organization of birdsong and human language
  • Heather Wolverton,
  • Rindy C. Anderson
Heather Wolverton
Florida Atlantic University

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Rindy C. Anderson
Florida Atlantic University - Davie Campus
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Many subcomponents of human language can be found within the vocal communication systems of other species, most notably songbirds. One of the most prominent of these subcomponents is syntax. While studies of syntax are abundant, a lack of consensus on the definition of syntax has led to much debate. The goal of this review paper is to solidify the definitions of syntax and to explore the mechanisms that shape syntax formation in songbirds and other species, with a specific focus on neurobiology, genetics, dopamine, and chunking organization.
15 Nov 2023Submitted to Journal of Avian Biology
15 Nov 2023Assigned to Editor
15 Nov 2023Submission Checks Completed
15 Nov 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
15 Nov 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned