How Artificial Communication Affects the Communication and Cognition of the Great Apes

Josep Call*

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Abstract

Ape species-specific communication is grounded on the present, possesses some referential qualities and is mostly used to request objects or actions from others. Artificial systems of communication borrowed from humans transform apes' communicative exchanges by freeing them from the present (i.e. displaced reference) although requests still predominate as the main reason for communicating with others. Symbol use appears to enhance apes' relational abilities and their inhibitory control. Despite these substantial changes, it is concluded that even though artificial communication enhances thought and enables its expression more openly, it does not create it or modify the motivation behind communicative exchanges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalMind & Language
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • ORANGUTANS PONGO-PYGMAEUS
  • REVERSED CONTINGENCY TASK
  • BABOONS PAPIO-PAPIO
  • SOCIAL COGNITION
  • ENCULTURATED CHIMPANZEES
  • DEFERRED IMITATION
  • GORILLA-GORILLA
  • JOINT ATTENTION
  • TOOL USE

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