Article published in:Gestural Communication in Nonhuman and Human Primates
Edited by Katja Liebal, Cornelia Müller and Simone Pika
[Gesture 5:1/2] 2005
► pp. 259–283
Gestures in human and nonhuman primates
Why we need a comparative view
The present article offers a condensed overview, of why a comparative view on gestures in human and nonhuman primates may offer important insights to both: researchers of human as well as of nonhuman primates. It is argued that a comparative view may further contribute to the debate over the evolution of language but that in addition it may also enhance understanding of the relation of language and gesture in humans. The article sketches programmatic issues, which are summarized in the list of framing questions for the workshop and this special issue on “Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates”; it is aimed to clarify conceptual and methodological prerequisites and to offer points of departure for future comparative research.
Keywords: definition of gesture, intentionality, semiotic structures, cognitive processes, contexts of use, functions of gestures, classification of gestures, language evolution, language and gesture relation, methods
Published online: 16 December 2005
Cited by 1 other publications
Smith, Lindsey W. & Roberto A. Delgado
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