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Do Monkeys Have Accents?

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Do Monkeys Have Accents?

Do Monkeys Have Accents?

Do Monkeys Have Accents?

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Many things may distinguish us from monkeys, but apparently they do not include our regional accents. Japanese researchers analyzed the voices of two different groups of primates. One group of monkeys lived in southern Japan. Some of their relatives migrated years ago to a different part of the country. And the researchers found the two groups began chattering with a different tone of voice — in effect, developing a dialect, just as humans do.

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