Apes don’t have language, but they do gesture.
They’ve even been observed using a special form of gesture with their young. Could it be primate baby-talk? What can we learn from our nearest relatives about how our language started?
Linguist Daniel Midgley swings in for this episode of Talk the Talk.
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We already knew that gorillas use gestures
but this new study sees them making simplified and repetitive signs to their young.
Original article (paywall):
Here’s some info about Child-Directed Speech in humans: