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dc.contributor.authorByrne, Richard W.
dc.contributor.authorCochet, Hélène
dc.identifier.citationByrne , R W & Cochet , H 2017 , ' Where have all the (ape) gestures gone? ' , Psychonomic Bulletin & Review , vol. 24 , no. 1 , pp. 68-71 .
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84976500574
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-9862-9373/work/60630564
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dc.description.abstractComparative analysis of the gestural communication of our nearest animal relatives, the great apes, implies that humans should have the biological potential to produce and understand 60–70 gestures, by virtue of shared common descent. These gestures are used intentionally in apes to convey separate requests, rather than as referential items in syntactically structured signals. At present, no such legacy of shared gesture has been described in humans. We suggest that the fate of “ape gestures” in modern human communication is relevant to the debate regarding the evolution of language through a possible intermediate stage of gestural protolanguage.
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dc.subjectGreat apeen
dc.subjectLanguage originen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectExperimental and Cognitive Psychologyen
dc.subjectArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)en
dc.subjectDevelopmental and Educational Psychologyen
dc.titleWhere have all the (ape) gestures gone?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
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