Studying Animal Languages Without Translation: An Insight from Ants

Authors: Reznikova, Zhanna

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  • Explains how to apply the ideas of information theory for studying communication systems in far detail ​
  • Treats both theoretical and practical aspects of communication in ants
  • Gives an interdisciplinary view to the topic, bridging ethology, zoology, ecology and behaviour with robotics and information theory
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The Author of this new volume on ant communication demonstrates that information theory is a valuable tool for studying the natural communication of animals. To do so, she pursues a fundamentally new approach to studying animal communication and “linguistic” capacities on the basis of measuring the rate of information transmission and the complexity of transmitted messages.

Animals’ communication systems and cognitive abilities have long-since been a topic of particular interest to biologists, psychologists, linguists, and many others, including researchers in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. The main difficulties in the analysis of animal language have to date been predominantly methodological in nature. Addressing this perennial problem, the elaborated experimental paradigm presented here has been applied to ants, and can be extended to other social species of animals that have the need to memorize and relay complex “messages”. Accordingly, the method opens exciting new dimensions in the study of natural communications in the wild.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Zhanna Reznikova, Novosibirsk State University, Russia Prof. Dr. Boris Ryabko, Novosibirsk State University, Russia

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“This short book, which summarizes the work of Reznikova and colleagues since 1979, will be of use to theorists and practitioners. … we have a collection of experiments undertaken over several decades, bundled with an argument in favor of an unorthodox approach to animal communication.” (Stephen Frances Mann, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 93 (1), March, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Communication, Speech and Language

    Reznikova, Zhanna

    Pages 1-9

  • Do Animal “Languages” Need Translation? The Main Experimental Approaches to Studying Language Behaviour

    Reznikova, Zhanna

    Pages 11-30

  • Social Hymenopterans as Reliable Agents for Information Transmission

    Reznikova, Zhanna

    Pages 31-43

  • Language Behaviour in Ants

    Reznikova, Zhanna

    Pages 45-61

  • Information-Theoretic Methods for Studying Ant “Language”

    Reznikova, Zhanna

    Pages 63-71

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83161-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Studying Animal Languages Without Translation: An Insight from Ants
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44918-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44918-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44916-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83161-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 92
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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