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Book: Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse

Chapter: The ideational dimension: evidence for symbolic language processing in a bonobo (Pan paniscus)

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.22017


This chapter reinterprets the findings of Savage-Rumbaugh et al. (1993) using the twin tools of Deacon’s referential hierarchy and Systemic Functional Linguistics, with a view to providing further corroborative evidence for a bonobo ape’s symbolic processing abilities, and as a result to open a window into the consciousness of at least one non-human primate.

Chapter Contributors

  • James D. Benson ( - book-auth-18) 'York University, Toronto'
  • William S. Greaves ( - book-auth-19) 'York University, Toronto'
  • Michael O'Donnell ( - micko) 'Universidad Autónoma de Madrid'
  • Jared P. Taglialatela ( - Taglialatela13246260)