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Max-Planck-Institut für Menschheitsgeschichte

Dr. Natalie Uomini

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07745 Jena

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Dr. Natalie Uomini

Dr. Natalie Uomini

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  • language and tools
  • grammar of tool-making in New Caledonian crows
  • evolution of speech
  • social transmission of technology
  • co-evolution of language and culture

image: crow tool-use


test crow



Grammar of Tool Manufacture
One theory about the co-evolution of language and culture - particularly material culture - is that they share a "grammar of action". While humans are considered to have the most complex tool cultures and languages of any animal, there are other species whose tool cultures also have the potential for action grammars. This project documents: 1) the grammatical structure of tool behaviours in New Caledonian crows, and 2) the communication of New Caledonian crows. This will allow: 3) comparison with the action grammars and linguistic structures of other tool-using animals such as chimpanzees, sea otters, and humans past and present.





Vita

Organisationseinheit (Abteilung, Gruppe, Einrichtung):

  • Abt. Sprach- und Kulturevolution
 
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