What do animal signals mean?

@article{Rendall2009WhatDA,
  title={What do animal signals mean?},
  author={D. Rendall and M. Owren and M. Ryan},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2009},
  volume={78},
  pages={233-240}
}
Animal communication studies often use analogies to human language and related constructs such as information encoding and transfer. This commonality is evident even when research goals are very different, for example when primate vocalizations are proposed to have word-like meaning, or sexually selected signals are proposed to convey information about a signaller’s underlying quality. We consider some of the ambiguities and limitations inherent in such informational approaches to animal… Expand

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