Animal Vocal Communication: A New Approach (Hardback)
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Animal Vocal Communication: A New Approach (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 23/04/1998
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This book will be a landmark text for all those interested in animal communication. Animal Vocal Communication explicitly avoids human-centred concepts and approaches and links communication to fundamental biological processes instead. It offers a conceptual framework - assessment/management - that allows us to integrate detailed studies of communication with an understanding of evolutionary perspectives. Self-interested assessment is placed on par with the signal production (management) side of communication, and communication is viewed as reflecting regulatory processes. Signals are used to manage the behaviour of others by exploiting their active assessment. The authors contend that it is this interplay between management and assessment that results in the functioning and evolution of animal communication; it is what communicative behaviour accomplishes that is important, not what information is conveyed.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521324687
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 605 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Packed full of cogent example, Donald Owings and Eugene Morton's Animal Vocal Communication is erudite, wide ranging and fascinating.' New Scientist
'... interesting reading ... an intellectual challenge ... a most welcome contribution for readers with a good knowledge of the literature on animal vocal communication.' Torben Dabelsteen, IBIS
'This is the shortest, most clearly written and most interesting of several major books on animal communication that were published in the past 3 years ... This is a stimulating and provocative book ... I highly recommend it to all primatologists interested in social behaviour and communication.' International Journal of Primatology
"This is the shortest, most clearly written and most interesting of several major books on animal communication that were published in the past 3 years...This is a stimulating and provocative book...I highly recommend it to all primatologists interested in social behavior and communication." International Journal of Primatology
"The book is well organized and compact. The visual presentation is crisp and the traditional illustrations are, for the most part, effective...Any serious student, teacher, or researcher of animal vocal communication would be well advised to own, read and then reread this thought-provoking volume." The Quarterly Review of Biology
"In the preface, the authors express a desire to inject new blood into the study of animal communication. This book meets the goal; it is full of stimulating, challenging, novel, eminently discussible ideas and I strongly recommend it to all those who study animal communication." The Wilson Bulletin
"It offers a new conceptual framework that allows for the integration of detailed proximate studies of communication with an understanding of evolutionary perspectives." Animal Cognition

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