Introduction: Questioning Apes

  • Jean Umiker-Sebeok
  • Thomas A. Sebeok
Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE)


A common definition of communication involves nothing more than the moving of information in time from one place to another. From this point of view, it is of little consequence whether the trafficked ware consists of random noise, the 1010 bits of information inherent in a strand of DNA programmed to rebuild itself, or some configuration of signs, as a sonata by Mozart, charged with high aesthetic value. If information is available, it can be communicated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Umiker-Sebeok
    • 1
  • Thomas A. Sebeok
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Center for Language and Semiotic StudiesIndian UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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