Schlenker, Philippe, Chemla, Emmanuel, and Zuberbühler, Klaus:  What do Monkey Calls Mean?


Abstract:   An emerging field of 'primate semantics' offers articulated analyses of the 'literal meaning' of monkey calls, and of additional mechanisms of 'pragmatic enrichment'. We show that comparative studies across species may validate this program, and may in some cases help reconstruct the evolution of monkey communication over millions of years.