The Meaning of primate signals

edited by Rom Harré and Vernon Reynolds

Language is just one particularly highly developed form of primate communication. Recent years have seen increased attention to other forms: studies of animals in the wild, efforts to teach sign language to apes. This volume reflects perspectives from a variety of disciplines on the nature and function of primate signalling systems. Monkeys and apes, like people, live in a world in which they are constantly receiving and transmitting information. How can we interpret the ways in which they process it without imposing our own language-based categorizations? The problem is partly scientific, partly conceptual: that is, partly concerned with what language is. The authors' findings and insights will be of interest to a broad group of primatologists, linguists, psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers.

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  • Part I. The Setting of the Problem: 1 Devious intentions of monkeys and apes? Duane Quiatt
  • 2. What the vocalizations of monkeys mean to humans and what they mean to monkeys themselves Robert M. Seyfarth
  • 3. Category formation in vervet monkeys Dorothy L. Cheney
  • Part II. Theoretical Preliminaries: 4. The strange creature Justin Leiber
  • 5. Vocabularies and theories Rom Harre
  • 6. Ethology and language Edwin Ardener
  • 7. Must monkeys mean? Roy Harris
  • 8. The inevitability and utility of anthopomorphism in description of primate behaviour Pamela J. Asquith
  • Part III. Steps towards a solution: 9. 'Language' in apes H. S. Terrace
  • 10. Social changes in a group of rhesus monkeys Vernon Reynolds
  • 11. Categorization of social signals as derived from quantitative analyses of communication processes M. Maurus and D. Ploog
  • 12. Experience tells Eric Jones and Michael Chance.

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書名 The Meaning of primate signals
著作者等 Harré, Rom
Reynolds, Vernon
Harre Rom
シリーズ名 Studies in emotion and social interaction
出版元 Cambridge University Press
Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme
刊行年月 1984
ページ数 xi, 257 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521259444
NCID BA01079939
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス