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

Linguistics Vanguard (2023)
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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.

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Pritty Patel-Grosz
University of Oslo


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