Where have all the (ape) gestures gone?

Abstract : Comparative analysis of the gestural communica- tion of our nearest animal relatives, the great apes, implies that humans should have the biological potential to produce and understand 60–70 gestures, by virtue of shared common de- scent. These gestures are used intentionally in apes to convey separate requests, rather than as referential items in syntacti- cally structured signals. At present, no such legacy of shared gesture has been described in humans. We suggest that the fate of Bape gestures^ in modern human communication is rele- vant to the debate regarding the evolution of language through a possible intermediate stage of gestural protolanguage.
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Richard W Byrne, Hélène Cochet. Where have all the (ape) gestures gone?. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Psychonomic Society, 2017, 24 (1), pp.68-71. ⟨10.3758/s13423-016-1071-0⟩. ⟨halshs-01464537⟩

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