The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys

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How did human communication and language evolve? Josep Call and Michael Tomasello, editors of The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys, approach this controversial question at two levels-by identifying evolutionary patterns in gestural communication across a variety of non-human primate species, then comparing these naturalistic and experimental research findings to the gestural communication of both prelinguistic and linguistic children. Primate species included for discussion are chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, siamangs, Barbary macaques, and orangutans, observed by a variety of collaborators using a common set of observational methods.

Bound with the book is a DVD containing QuickTime movies of gestures for each of the species discussed in the book. The DVD enhances the learning experience for students who are using this book as a text for a special course or seminar. This volume will be of great appeal to psychologists, anthropologists, and linguists who are interested in the evolutionary origins of language and gestures.

About the Author:
Josep Call (PhD, Emory University) is a Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Wolfgang Kohler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany

About the Author:
Michael Tomasello (PhD, University of Georgia) is the Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an edited volume of excellent quality that will make an important contribution to research on primate gestures and the evolution of language. All chapters are very well written and well integrated in terms of both structure and content."
Dario Maestripieri
The University of Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805862782
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction: Intentional Communication in Nonhuman Primates   M. Tomasello   J. Call     1
The Gestural Repertoire of Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)   J. Call   M. Tomasello     17
Gestures in Subadult Bonobos (Pan paniscus)   S. Pika     41
Gestures in Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)   K. Liebal     69
Gestures in Subadult Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla)   S. Pika     99
Gestures in Siamangs (Symphalangus syndactylus)   K. Liebal     131
Gestural Communication in Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus): An Overview   N. Hesler   J. Fischer     159
Comparing the Gestures of Apes and Monkeys   J. Call   M. Tomasello     197
Ape Gestures and the Origins of Language   M. Tomasello   J. Call     221
Author Index     241
Subject Index     249
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