PMID: 14245775Feb 26, 1965Paper

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION

Science
T A SEBEOK

Abstract

Semiotics and ethology have converged in a new behavioral science, zoosemiotics. Those who are interested in the theoretical analysis of the complex problems of non-verbal behavior that arise where these two disciplines interact aim to treat comprehensively animal communication systems by the aid of representations that have proved illuminating in the study of sentences of human language. Students of zoosemiotics are concerned with codes and messages much as linguists are concerned with competence, or language, and performance, or speech. They thus face the twin tasks of constructing a model for the addresser to specify how a message is encoded and transformed into a signal carried by a variety of channels to the addressee; and of constructing a model for the addressee to specify the ways in which animals utilize their knowledge of their code to recognize the messages they receive. Finally, they assess the context of the communicative event in the hope of dissecting that which is relevant to the selection process from the rest of the background, a program for which there is as yet neither a procedural eliciting technique nor a satisfactory theoretical solution in sight.

Citations

Oct 1, 1966·The Journal of General Psychology·J F BugentalP L Garvin
Oct 6, 2011·Die Naturwissenschaften·Thomas WesenerDidier van den Spiegel
Aug 8, 2009·Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society·A L VergneN Mathevon
Jan 1, 1983·Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines·B Hopkins

Related Concepts

Behavior, Animal
Psychology, Comparative

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