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The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys

1st Edition

Edited by Josep Call, Michael Tomasello

Psychology Press

264 pages

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The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys is an intriguing compilation of naturalistic and experimental research conducted over the course of 20 years on gestural communication in primates, as well as a comparison to what is known about the vocal communication of nonhuman primates. The editors also make systematic comparisons to the gestural communication of prelinguistic and just-linguistic human children. An enlightening exploration unfolds into what may represent the starting point for the evolution of human communication and language.

This especially significant read is organized into nine chapters that discuss:

*the gestural repertoire of chimpanzees;

*gestures in orangutans, subadult gorillas, and siamangs;

*gestural communication in Barbary macaques; and

*a comparison of the gestures of apes and monkeys.

This book will appeal to psychologists, anthropologists, and linguists interested in the evolutionary origins of language and/or gestures, as well as to all primatologists. A CD insert offers video of gestures for each of the species.


"This is an edited volume of excellent quality that will make an important contribution to research on primate gestures and the evolution of language. All chapters are very well written and well integrated in terms of both structure and content."

Dario Maestripieri

The University of Chicago

Table of Contents

Contents: M. Tomasello, J. Call, Introduction: Intentional Communication in Nonhuman Primates. J. Call, M. Tomasello, The Gestural Repertoire of Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). S. Pika, Gestures in Subadult Bonobos (Pan paniscus). K. Liebal, Gestures in Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). S. Pika, Gestures in Subadult Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). K. Liebal, Gestures in Siamangs (Symphalangus syndactylus). N. Hesler, J. Fischer, Gestural Communication in Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus): An Overview. J. Call, M. Tomasello, Comparing the Gestures of Apes and Monkeys. M. Tomasello, J. Call, Ape Gestures and the Origins of Language.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General