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Gestural communication in young gorillas (Gorilla gorilla): Gestural repertoire, learning, and use
It is established that gorillas have a multifaceted gestural repertoire, characterized by a great deal of flexibility with accommodations to various communicative circumstances, including the attentional state of the recipient.
Gestural communication in subadult bonobos (Pan paniscus): Repertoire and use
It is established that the gestural repertoire of bonobos can be characterized as flexible and adapted to various communicative circumstances, including the attentional state of the recipient.
To move or not to move: How apes adjust to the attentional state of others
Results showed that all species moved around to face E and then produced visual gestures, instead of using tactile/ auditory gestures behind E to call her attention, and unlike gorillas and orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos produced their gestures in front of E in all conditions, including that in which subjects had to leave the food behind to communicate with her.
Primate Vocalization, Gesture, and the Evolution of Human Language
It is argued that it was the coupling of gestural communication with enhanced capacities for imitation that made possible the emergence of protosign to provide essential scaffolding for protospeech in the evolution of protolanguage.
Gestural communication of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)
This study represents a systematic investigation of the communicative repertoire of Sumatran orangutans ( Pongo pygmaeus abelii ), with a focus on intentional signals in two groups of captive…
Gestures of apes and pre-linguistic human children: Similar or different?
- S. Pika
- 1 May 2008
The majority of studies on animal communication provide evidence that gestural signalling plays an important role in the communication of non-human primates and resembles that of pre-linguistic and…
Unpeeling the layers of language: Bonobos and chimpanzees engage in cooperative turn-taking sequences
The hypothesis that interactional intelligence paved the way to the cooperative endeavour of human language and suggest that social matrices highly impact upon communication styles is strengthened.
A cross-cultural study on the use of gestures: Evidence for cross-linguistic transfer?
Anecdotal reports provide evidence of so called “hybrid” gesturer whose non-verbal behavior of one language/culture becomes visible in the other. The direction of this gestural transfer seems to…
Gestural communication of apes
An overview of the work on the gestural communication of apes with the focus on their repertoire, learning mechanisms, and the flexibility of gesture use during interactions with conspecifics is provided.