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Animal ThinkingContemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition$
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Randolf Menzel and Julia Fischer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016636

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.001.0001

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Communication

Communication

Chapter:
(p.187) 13 Communication
Source:
Animal Thinking
Author(s):

Brandon C. Wheeler

William A. Searcy

Morten H. Christiansen

Michael C. Corballis

Julia Fischer

Christoph Grüter

Daniel Margoliash

Michael J. Owren

Tabitha Price

Robert Seyfarth

Markus Wild

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.003.0013

This chapter reviews what has been learned about animal thinking from the study of animal communication and considers what we might hope to learn in the future. It begins with a discussion on the importance of informational versus non-informational interpretations of animal communication and then considers what inferences can be drawn about the cognitive requirements of communication from the communicative abilities of simple organisms. It discusses the importance of context to the meaning of animal signals and the possibility of asymmetries in the neural processes underlying production versus reception. Current theories on the evolution of human language are reviewed and how the study of animal communication informs these theories.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, animal communication, human language, gestural theory, language evolution, human speech, recursion, syntax, signaling

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