Do bird songs have grammar?

Linguists have supposed that syntactic structure was only found in human language, but now a team of researchers is finding that finches use it in their songs. Does that mean they speak a kind of language? How is their communication different from ours?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley sorts it out on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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The New Scientist article

ABC Science also has some info

I mentioned putty-nosed monkeys:

And whales: