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Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication

Author
Heesen, R.; Hobaiter, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Semple, S.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological sciences
Date of publication
2019-02-13
Volume
286
Number
1896
First page
1
Last page
9
DOI
10.1098/rspb.2018.2900
Project funding
Gestió i Anàlisi de Dades Complexes
Management and Analysis of Complex DATA
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/131628 Open in new window
URL
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2018.2900 Open in new window
Abstract
Studies testing linguistic laws outside language have provided important insights into the organization of biological systems. For example, patterns consistent with Zipf's law of abbreviation (which predicts a negative relationship between word length and frequency of use) have been found in the vocal and non-vocal behaviour of a range of animals, and patterns consistent with Menzerath's law (according to which longer sequences are made up of shorter constituents) have been found in primate voca...
Citation
Heesen, R. [et al.]. Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication. "Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological sciences", 13 Febrer 2019, vol. 286, núm. 1896, p. 1-9.
Keywords
Compression, Gestures, Information theory, Linguistic laws, Play
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

Participants

  • Heesen, Raphaela  (author)
  • Hobaiter, Catherine  (author)
  • Ferrer Cancho, Ramon  (author)
  • Semple, Stuart  (author)

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