Semantics of primate gestures: intentional meanings of orangutan gestures

@article{Cartmill2010SemanticsOP,
  title={Semantics of primate gestures: intentional meanings of orangutan gestures},
  author={E. Cartmill and R. Byrne},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  year={2010},
  volume={13},
  pages={793-804}
}
Great ape gesture has become a research topic of intense interest, because its intentionality and flexibility suggest strong parallels to human communication. Yet the fundamental question of whether an animal species’ gestures carry specific meanings has hardly been addressed. We set out a systematic approach to studying intentional meaning in the gestural communication of non-humans and apply it to a sample of orangutan gestures. We propose that analysis of meaning should be limited to… Expand

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