Monkeys Recognize Bad Grammar
Cotton-top tamarin monkeys are a step ahead of most web users, and can recognize bad grammar when they see it. When subjected to repeated series of syllables, the monkeys could recognize when those syllables were spoken out of order. I suppose the next step would be to turn the tamarins loose on Youtube's comment threads.
They familiarised the monkeys with two-syllable terms, and recorded their reaction to words that were not consistent with that syllable pattern.
The team says the work illustrates how many animals use patterns that have become intrinsic to human language.
And this provides evidence of the "non-lingual" origin of certain aspects of language, the group told BBC News.
So, if you have an English test tomorrow, and your instructor is a tamarin monkey, better do some extra studying. I know I will.