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Evolution of Communicative FlexibilityComplexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication$
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D. Kimbrough Oller and Ulrike Griebel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262151214

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.001.0001

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Detection and Estimation of Complexity and Contextual Flexibility in Nonhuman Animal Communication

Detection and Estimation of Complexity and Contextual Flexibility in Nonhuman Animal Communication

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(p.281) 13 Detection and Estimation of Complexity and Contextual Flexibility in Nonhuman Animal Communication
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Evolution of Communicative Flexibility
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Brenda McCowan

Laurance Doyle

Allison B. Kaufman

Sean Hanser

Curt Burgess

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0013

This chapter provides an information theory approach, deriving entropic measures to compare adult and infant bottlenose dolphin whistle communications, and considers an “auto-correlation” application of information theory. It analyzes the Hyperspace Analog to Language (HAL) model and offers the conceptual framework behind each method, as well as preliminary data on their utility as estimators of communication complexity and flexibility. The chapter suggests methods by which the systematic nature of flexible communication can be evaluated by co-occurrence and sequencing patterns of vocalizations, even in the absence of direct access to information about the functions the vocalizations serve.

Keywords:   dolphin, whistle communications, auto-correlation, HAL model, communication complexity, communication flexibility, vocalizations, information theory

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