The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Marco PinaThe Evolution of Social Communication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Marco Pina

The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary Approach

byMarco PinaEditorNathalie Gontier

Hardcover | June 13, 2014

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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.

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 a...
Title:The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:326 pagesPublished:June 13, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319026682

ISBN - 13:9783319026688

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- PART I: Philosophical and Historical Roots of Social Communication Studies.- Lord Monboddo's Ourang Outang and the Origin and Progress of Language.- Ferality and Morality; The Politics of the "Forbidden Experiment" in the Twentieth Century.- PART II: The Elements of Social Communication in Primates and Humans.- Experimental Conversations: Sign Language Studies with Chimpanzees.- How Primate Mothers and Infants Communicate: Characterizing Interaction in Mother-Infant Studies.- On Prototypical Facial Expressions vs. Variation in Facial Behavior: What Have We Learned on the "Visibility" of Emotions from Measuring Facial Actions in Humans and Apes.- The Evolution of Joint Attention: A Review and Critique.- Describing Mental States: From Brain Science to a Science of Mind Reading.- PART III: Evolutionary Transitions from Social Communication Systems to Language.- Bodily Mimesis and the Transition to Speech.- From Grasping to Grooming to Gossip: Innovative Use of Chimpanzee Signals in Novel Environments Supports both Vocal and Gestural Theories of Language Origins.- Reevaluating Chimpanzee Vocal Signals from the Ground Up.- PART IV: Evolutionary Origins of Human Language.- Communication and Human Uniqueness.- How did Humans Become Behaviorally Modern? Revisiting the 'Art First' Hypothesis.- Experiments and Simulations Can Inform Evolutionary Theories of the Cultural Evolution of Language.- The Emergence of Modern Communication in Primates: a Computational Approach.- What Can an Extended Synthesis do for Bio linguistics: On the Need and Benefits of the Eco-evo-devo Program.