Primate origins of discourse-managing gestures: the case of hand fling

Pritty Patel-Grosz*, Matthew Henderson, Patrick Georg Grosz, Kirsty Graham, Catherine Hobaiter

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The last decades have seen major advances in the study of gestures both in humans and non-human primates. In this paper, we seriously examine the idea that there may be gestural form types that are shared across great ape species, including humans, which may underlie gestural universals, both in form and meaning. We focus on one case study, the hand fling gesture common to chimpanzees and humans, and provide a semantic analysis of this gesture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalLinguistics Vanguard
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


  • Away gestures
  • Interactive gestures
  • Primate gestures
  • Semantics
  • Super linguistics


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