Comparing communicative competence in child and chimp: the pragmatics of repetition.

@article{Greenfield1993ComparingCC,
  title={Comparing communicative competence in child and chimp: the pragmatics of repetition.},
  author={Patricia M. Greenfield and E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={1993},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={1-26}
}
Through an analysis of chimpanzee-human discourse, we show that two Pan troglodytes chimpanzees and two Pan paniscus chimpanzees (bonobos) exposed to a humanly devised symbol system use partial or complete repetition of others' symbols, as children do: they do not produce rote imitations, but instead use repetition to fulfil a variety of pragmatic functions in discourse. These functions include agreement, request, promise, excitement, and selection from alternatives. In so doing, the… CONTINUE READING