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dc.contributor.authorTomasello, Michael
dc.contributor.authorCall, Josep
dc.identifier.citationTomasello , M & Call , J 2018 , ' Thirty years of great ape gestures ' , Animal Cognition , vol. First Online .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8597-8336/work/42276856
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dc.descriptionOpen access funding provided by Max Planck Society.en
dc.description.abstractWe and our colleagues have been doing studies of great ape gestural communication for more than 30 years. Here we attempt to spell out what we have learned. Some aspects of the process have been reliably established by multiple researchers, for example, its intentional structure and its sensitivity to the attentional state of the recipient. Other aspects are more controversial. We argue here that it is a mistake to assimilate great ape gestures to the species-typical displays of other mammals by claiming that they are fixed action patterns, as there are many differences, including the use of attention-getters. It is also a mistake, we argue, to assimilate great ape gestures to human gestures by claiming that they are used referentially and declaratively in a human-like manner, as apes’ “pointing” gesture has many limitations and they do not gesture iconically. Great ape gestures constitute a unique form of primate communication with their own unique qualities.
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dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.subjectEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematicsen
dc.subjectExperimental and Cognitive Psychologyen
dc.titleThirty years of great ape gesturesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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