Primate Communication and Human Language

Vocalisation, gestures, imitation and deixis in humans and non-humans

| Université de Grenoble & GIPSA-Lab
| CNRS GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble
| Stendhal University (Grenoble, 1971 – 2009)
| Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
ISBN 9789027204547 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027287311 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
After a long period where it has been conceived as iconoclastic and almost forbidden, the question of language origins is now at the centre of a rich debate, confronting acute proposals and original theories. Most importantly, the debate is nourished by a large set of experimental data from disciplines surrounding language. The editors of the present book have gathered researchers from various fields, with the common objective of taking as seriously as possible the search for continuities from non-human primate vocal and gestural communication systems to human speech and language, in a multidisciplinary perspective combining ethology, neuroscience, developmental psychology and linguistics, as well as computer science and robotics. New data and theoretical elaborations on the emergence of referential communication and language are debated here by some of the most creative scientists in the world.
[Advances in Interaction Studies, 1]  2011.  vi, 239 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Primate communication and human language: Vocalisation, gestures, imitation and deixis in humans and non-humans
Part 1. Primate vocal communication: New findings about its complexity, adaptability and control
Living links to human language
Klaus Zuberbühler, Kate Arnold and Katie Slocombe
What can forest guenons “tell” us about the origin of language?
Alban Lemasson
Do chimpanzees have voluntary control of their facial expressions and vocalizations?
William D. Hopkins, Jared Taglialatela and David A. Leavens
Part 2. Neurophysiological, behavioural and ontogenetic data on the evolution of communicative orofacial and manual gestures
From gesture to language: Ontogenetic and phylogenetic perspectives on gestural communication and its cerebral lateralization
Adrien Meguerditchian, Hélène Cochet and Jacques Vauclair
Mirror neurons and imitation from a developmental and evolutionary perspective
Pier Francesco Ferrari and Gino Coudé
Lashley’s problem of serial order and the evolution of learnable vocal and manual communication
Peter F. MacNeilage
Part 3. Emergence and development of speech, gestures and language
Naming with gestures 
in children with typical development and with Down syndrome
Silvia Stefanini, Maria Cristina Caselli and Virginia Volterra
Illuminating language origins from the perspective of contemporary ontogeny in human infants
Barbara L. Davis
Emergence of articulatory-acoustic systems from deictic interaction games in a “Vocalize to Localize” framework
Clément Moulin-Frier, Jean-Luc Schwartz, Julien Diard and Pierre Bessière
2 + 2 Linguistic minimal frames: For a language evolutionary framework
Christian Abry
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