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The whole sentence is "It does not follow from their lack of speech, however, that chimpanzees are incapable of language".

Is it possible to rephrase this sentence so it's easy to understand? Article from this website:https://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/ling002.html

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  • Hi Jennifer, welcome to EL&U. What is it about the sentence that you don't understand? Did you look up "follow" in a dictionary? Regrettably, I'm flagging this question for closure: proofreading questions ("Is this correct?", "Is there a better way to write this passage?") are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. For further guidance, see How to Ask. :-) – Reinstate Monica Jan 13 at 10:57
  • Does this help? "However, it does not follow from their lack of speech that chimpanzees are incapable of language." – jimm101 Jan 14 at 12:52
  • The sentence in your question title does not match the sentence in your question text. "It is follow" is not the same as "It does not follow". – Mark Beadles Jan 16 at 12:00
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Essentially, it means:

Just because chimpanzees don't talk doesn't mean they don't understand what we say or can't communicate in other ways.

Language isn't something that has to be verbal. Many people use sign language, for instance. Even people who do speak also communicate non-verbally through gestures. And just because you don't respond to somebody, that doesn't mean you don't understand them.

In fact, chimpanzees are capable of communicating through sign language. An example is Washoe.

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