Communicative Behavior and Evolution

Communicative Behavior and Evolution

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Editors: Martin E. Hahn, Edward C. Simmel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263427

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Communicative Behavior and Evolution presents the selected works of experts from different scientific disciplines that investigate the evolution of communicative behavior. The book is composed of papers that study communicative behavior of humans and of different kinds of animals. The text contains articles that discuss attempts in the study of behavioral evolution; communication and human language; the behavior-genetic approach; systems approach to genetic and selection mechanisms; investigation of interspecific communication; and learned language in chimpanzees. Zoologists, ethologists, behavioral geneticists, and psychologists will find this book highly interesting.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    List of Contributors




    Diversity, Evolution, and Communication

    Social Interaction and Communication

    Behavior and Evolution

    Emphases and Omissions

    Chapter 1

    Evolution, Behavior, and Language

    Evolution and Change

    Metaphors and Behavior

    Heredity and Behavior

    Extrapolation and Behavior

    Behavior and Language


    Chapter 2

    Genetics and Communication

    Some Formal Properties of Communication

    Homology, Epigenesis, Tabulae Rasa

    Experimental Studies of Development

    Communication in Hybrids

    Summary and Conclusions

    Evolution in Sender and Receiver


    Chapter 3

    Genetic Variation and the Evolution of Communication

    The Genetic Theory of Evolution

    Adaptation and Variation in Behavior

    The Evolution of Communicatory Signals

    Systems and Signals

    Major Consequences of the Genetic Theory of Evolution


    Chapter 4

    Evolution of Communication Patterns in Animals

    The Problem

    Genetic Models of Communication Behavior

    Evidence from Social Mammals

    Canids as Evolutionary Models

    Applications to Man


    Chapter 5

    Concerning the Evolution of Nonverbal Communication in Man


    Behavior as an Adaptation

    Phylogenetically Adapted Behavior in Man

    Social Behavior and Communication

    Structures and Patterns in Behavior



    Chapter 6

    The Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Social Interactions

    Two Views of the Ontogeny-Phylogeny Relationship

    Some Instances of Heterochronies in Behavior

    Phylogeny and the Development of Social Interchanges in Children

    Social Development in Nonhuman Young

    Neotony or Acceleration?

    Concluding Comments


    Chapter 7

    Cultural Evolution of Learned Language in Chimpanzees

    Project Washoe

    Expanding Horizons in Signing Chimpanzees

    Closing Remarks



    Social Organization and the Evolution of Communication

    Selected Issues

    Remaining Questions


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263427

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Martin E. Hahn

Edward C. Simmel

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