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Published by John Benjamins Publishing Co .
Written in English


  • Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication,
  • Communication,
  • Study & Teaching,
  • Language Arts & Disciplines,
  • Animal communication,
  • Gesture,
  • Primates,
  • Language

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Edition Notes

ContributionsKatja Liebal (Editor), Cornelia Mnller (Editor), Simone Pika (Editor)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages284
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL12801317M
ISBN 109027222401
ISBN 109789027222404

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Gestural Communication in Nonhuman and Human Primates Special issue of Gesture /2 ().   The aim of this volume (originally published as a Special Issue of Gesture /2 ()) is to bring together the research in gestural communication in both nonhuman and human primates and to explore the potential of a comparative approach and its contribution to the question of an evolutionary scenario in which gestures play a significant role Pages: Gestural communication of nonhuman primates may allow insight into the evolutionary scenario of human communication given the flexible use and learning of gestures as opposed to vocalizations. This paper provides an overview of the work on the gestural communication of apes with the focus on their repertoire, learning mechanisms, and the. 1st proofs S Y Benjamins Current Topics Volume 10 Gestural Communication in Nonhuman and Human Primates Edited by Katja Liebal, Cornelia Müller and Simone Pika These materials we.

Reports on non-human primates, particularly great apes, suggest that gestural communication would have been a crucial prerequisite for the emergence of . Observations of the gestural communication of two groups of captive chimpanzees are reported. For one group the observations represent a fourth longitudinal time point over a 12 year period; the other group was observed for the first time. There were two main questions. This chapter demonstrated that in searching for the origins of human language by studying the communication of nonhuman primates, research foci differ across the gestural, vocal, and facial modality. While gestural researchers focus on different markers of intentionality and flexibility in gesture usage, vocal research centers on the. Workshop: Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates () ISGS co-sponsored the workshop “Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates” during the 5th International Conference on the Evolution of Language at the Max Planck Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leizpig (Germany), March 28–30, , which was organized by .

A few decades later, the focus of communication studies has broadened to include vocalizations but also movements of the hands, head and limbs, called gestures. Today, it is precisely the seeming undeterminedness or flexibility of non-human primate gestural communication that fascinates researchers. Research into gestural communication of nonhuman primates is often inspired by an interest in the evolutionary roots of human language. The focus on intentionally used behaviors is central to this approach that aims at investigating the cognitive mechanisms characterizing gesture use in monkeys and apes. The aim is contribute to the ongoing debate about how language might have evolved by evaluating findings from comparative research on the different building blocks of language, and by discussing how these data support a gestural origin of human language. Keywords: nonhuman primate communication, gestural communication, language evolution. 1. ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Originally published in Gesture /2 (). Description: xiv, pages: illustrations ; 25 cm.