Fwd: Re: primate communication?

Valentina Pagliai valentina.pagliai at oberlin.edu
Thu Nov 7 14:54:45 UTC 2002

I was actually wondering about "gender."  As a cultural construct,
shouldn't it be somehow invoked by the speakers to be considered
applicable?  How do gibbons invoke gender?
As for "discourse," I think the interesting discourse here (which is
becoming dominant in the US) is one that accepts cross-species comparisons.

Valentina Pagliai
Oberlin College

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>Janina Fenigsen,
>Sorry, I'm not answering your query (I have no idea about it), but asking
>instead: Is it habitual among primatologists and students of primate
>communication to refer to this (communication) as "discourse"?  Has this
>terminological/conceptual issue been discussed in the field?
>Celso Alvarez Cáccamo
>lxalvarz at udc.es
>At 21:04 06/11/02 -0500, you wrote:
>>I have a student who has been working with gibbons for a couple of years
>>and now would like to do her senior thesis on gibbon communication. She
>>is interested in gender differences in the organization of gibbon
>>discourse. Does anybody know of work in primate communication along
>>these lines?
>>Many thanks,
>>janina fenigsen

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