A new window onto animal culture The case of chimpanzee gesturing

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dc.contributor.authorPika, Simone
dc.contributor.authorDeschner, Tobias
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:11:11Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:11:11Z-
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn15681475
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/9573-
dc.description.abstractScientific interest in the diversity of gestural signalling dates back to the figure of Charles Darwin. More than a hundred years later, there is a considerable body of work describing human gestural diversity across languages and cultures. However, the question of communicative culture in our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates, is relatively unexplored. Here, we will stir new interest into this topic by (i) briefly summarizing the current knowledge of animal culture, and (ii) presenting the current knowledge on gesture cultures, diversity and usage in the most common model for early hominid behaviour, the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). We will focus particularly on well-established behaviours being customary in some and absent in other chimpanzee communities, and recently discovered social customs that have been suggested to differ in their form, and/or meaning across populations. We also introduce latest findings on chimpanzees' gestural diversity, providing further evidence for the role social negotiation plays in gestural acquisition. We conclude that the field has been hampered by misconstruing great ape gestures as fixed action patterns, a strong research bias on the perspective of signalers, and a lack of coherent methodology to assess the meaning and context of gestures across sites. We argue for systematic cross-site comparisons by viewing communicative exchanges as negotiations, enabling a unique perspective onto the evolutionary trajectory of culture and communication.
dc.description.sponsorshipMax Planck SocietyMax Planck SocietyFoundation CELLEX; EUEuropean Commission [772000]; This research was funded by the Max Planck Society and an EU-Consolidator grant (772000, TurnTaking) of the EU to SP.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherJOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO
dc.relation.ispartofGESTURE
dc.subjectchimpanzees
dc.subjectcommunicative culture
dc.subjectgestures
dc.subjectgroup-specific behaviour
dc.subjectLanguage & Linguistics
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectsocial learning
dc.titleA new window onto animal culture The case of chimpanzee gesturing
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/gest.19012.pik
dc.identifier.isiISI:000635133900005
dc.description.volume18
dc.description.issue2-3
dc.description.startpage239
dc.description.endpage260
dc.identifier.eissn15699773
dc.publisher.placePO BOX 36224, 1020 ME AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationGesture
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Kognitionswissenschaft-
crisitem.author.deptidinstitute28-
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0002-4398-2337-
crisitem.author.parentorgFB 08 - Humanwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.grandparentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidPiSi817-
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