Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse - James D. Benson

Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse - James D. Benson

The ideational dimension: evidence for symbolic language processing in a bonobo (Pan paniscus)

Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse - James D. Benson

James D. Benson [+-]
York University, Toronto
James D. Benson is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the English at Glendon College, York University, Toronto. He is co-author (with William S. Greaves) of You and Your Language: The Kinds of English you Use (Pergamon Press, 1984).
William S. Greaves † [+-]
York University, Toronto
William S. Greaves, who died in September, 2014, was Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Department of English, Glendon College, York University, Toronto.
Michael James O'Donnell [+-]
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Jared P. Taglialatela [+-]
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RESEARCH INTERESTS: • The evolutionary origins of human language • Nonhuman animal communicative behavior (esp. primate vocal and gestural communication) and the biological substrates that mediate these behaviors • Animal cognition and its biological basis • The evolution of neuroanatomical asymmetries as well as their behavioral relevance

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This chapter reinterprets the findings of Savage-Rumbaugh et al. (1993) using the twin tools of Deacon’s referential hierarchy and Systemic Functional Linguistics, with a view to providing further corroborative evidence for a bonobo ape’s symbolic processing abilities, and as a result to open a window into the consciousness of at least one non-human primate.

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Benson, James D. ; Greaves, William S.; O'Donnell, Michael; Taglialatela, Jared P.. The ideational dimension: evidence for symbolic language processing in a bonobo (Pan paniscus). Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 46-75 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781845536534. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22017. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22017. Nov 2005

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