© 1995

Current Topics in Primate Vocal Communication

  • Elke Zimmermann
  • John D. Newman
  • Uwe Jürgens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Technical advances in the study of primate vocal signals

  3. Social and ecological determinants of vocal communication

  4. Morphological and neuronal substrates for vocal communication

  5. Cognitive and evolutionary aspects

    1. Harold Gouzoules, Sarah Gouzoules, Jennifer Ashley
      Pages 235-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


More than 25 years ago, the first major review of primate communication appeared (Altmann, 1967). Since then, information on the communicative abilities of primates increased rapidly, resulting, 15 years later, in the appearance of the first volume in which signaling systems were analyzed in a broader variety of primate groups within an evolutionary perspective (Snowdon, Brown and Petersen, 1982). Seven years later, the first volume dedicated solely to primate vocal communication appeared (Todt, Goedeking and Symmes, 1988) and another four years later a volume followed in which nonverbal vocal communication in non-human primates and human infants was compared (Papousek, Jurgens and Papousek, 1992). None of these volumes, however, provided information about current technical advances in the field of bioacoustics, especially in digital sound analyzing systems, which offer primatologists, anthropologists and linguists nowadays a variety of rapid methods for analyzing human speech and non-human primate vocalizations in a quantitative and comparative way. Choosing the right method is difficult if a synopsis of these tools is lacking. Furthermore, information was particularly lacking on the natural signaling systems of two important primate groups, the prosimians and the apes. Likewise, new and unexpected insights into the ontogeny and evolution of vocal communication were gained during the past few years by the use of highly sophisticated sound analysis and statistical techniques.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Elke Zimmermann
    • 1
  • John D. Newman
    • 2
  • Uwe Jürgens
    • 1
  1. 1.German Primate CenterGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentPoolesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Current Topics in Primate Vocal Communication
  • Editors U. Jürgens
    J. Newman
    E. Zimmermann
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45064-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-9932-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-9930-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 286
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evolutionary Biology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`An excellent review of a complex and actively debated topic.'
American Anthropologist