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Comment on “Nonadjacent dependency processing in monkeys, apes, and humans”

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Science Advances  21 Jul 2021:
Vol. 7, no. 30, eabg0455
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg0455

Abstract

We comment on the technical interpretation of the study of Watson et al. and caution against their conclusion that the behavioral evidence in their experiments points to nonhuman animals’ ability to learn syntactic dependencies, because their results are also consistent with the learning of phonological dependencies in human languages.

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