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Interdisciplinary Evolution Research

The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Editors: Pina, Marco, Gontier, Nathalie (Eds.)

  • Provides a unique multidisciplinary approach to understand the evolution of social communication
  • Written by experts from various disciplines, such as primatology, linguistics, anthropology, cognitive science and philosophy
  • Discusses historical and philosophical aspects
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How did social communication evolve in primates? In this volume, primatologists, linguists, anthropologists, cognitive scientists and philosophers of science systematically analyze how their specific disciplines demarcate the research questions and methodologies involved in the study of the evolutionary origins of social communication in primates in general and in humans in particular. In the first part of the book, historians and philosophers of science address how the epistemological frameworks associated with primate communication and language evolution studies have changed over time and how these conceptual changes affect our current studies on the subject matter. In the second part, scholars provide cutting-edge insights into the various means through which primates communicate socially in both natural and experimental settings. They examine the behavioral building blocks by which primates communicate and they analyze what the cognitive requirements are for displaying communicative acts. Chapters highlight cross-fostering and language experiments with primates, primate mother-infant communication, the display of emotions and expressions, manual gestures and vocal signals, joint attention, intentionality and theory of mind. The primary focus of the third part is on how these various types of communicative behavior possibly evolved and how they can be understood as evolutionary precursors to human language. Leading scholars analyze how both manual and vocal gestures gave way to mimetic and imitational protolanguage and how the latter possibly transitioned into human language. In the final part, we turn to the hominin lineage, and anthropologists, archeologists and linguists investigate what the necessary neurocognitive, anatomical and behavioral features are in order for human language to evolve and how language differs from other forms of primate communication.

About the authors

Marco Pina has a background in medicine which he applies to topics in philosophy of biology and philosophy of medicine. He is currently preparing a doctoral dissertation on the development of the mind-brain dyad in the context of the nature/nurture debate, which is funded by the Portuguese Fund for Science and Technology and executed at the Faculty of Science of the Portuguese University of Lisbon. Previously, as a scientific collaborator for the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon as well as its Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, he has edited several books on evolutionary theory, language evolution, and the evolution of man.

Nathalie Gontier is a philosopher of science and an anthropologist. Her main research interests lie in evolutionary epistemology and non-Darwinian evolutionary theories, how the latter differ from the Modern Synthesis and how they can be implemented into the linguistic sciences and the overall sociocultural domain. As the founding director of the Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, she is affiliated to the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, and financed by the Portuguese Fund for Science and Technology. Previous appointments were held at the Dutch Free University of Brussels (Belgium), the Konrad Lorenz Institute (Austria), and the American Museum of Natural History (USA). Her research has been sponsored by the American John Templeton Foundation, the European Marie Curie Actions and the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Springer book series Interdisciplinary Evolution Research.

Reviews

“This volume provides a review of some of the many theoretical frameworks proposed to investigate the evolution of social communication in primates and in particular language in humans. … a rich, thought-provoking, and multidisciplinary book that would appeal to any scholar interested in the origins and evolution of language and communication.” (Roberta Salmi, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 90, September, 2015)

“This edited volume aims to provide a … series of reviews and critiques of most currently available methodological and theoretical frameworks that guide research on the mechanisms and evolution of primate social communication and human language. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (J. B. Leca, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Studying Social Communication in Primates: From Ethology and Comparative Zoology to Social Primatology, Evolutionary Psychology, and Evolutionary Linguistics

    Gontier, Nathalie (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Lord Monboddo’s Ourang-Outang and the Origin and Progress of Language

    Blancke, Stefaan

    Pages 31-44

  • Ferality and Morality: The Politics of the “Forbidden Experiment” in the Twentieth Century

    Swart, Sandra

    Pages 45-60

  • Experimental Conversations: Sign Language Studies with Chimpanzees

    Jensvold, Mary Lee

    Pages 63-82

  • How Primate Mothers and Infants Communicate: Characterizing Interaction in Mother–Infant Studies

    Botero, Maria

    Pages 83-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates
Book Subtitle
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Editors
  • Marco Pina
  • Nathalie Gontier
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Evolution Research
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02669-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02669-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02668-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34596-3
Series ISSN
2199-3068
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 326
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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