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Taking turns: The ‘missing’ link in language evolution?

Project description

Turn-taking in human and animal communication

The evolution of language still remains a mystery. Recently, scholars suggested that turn-taking may bridge the gap between human and animal communication. However, lack of comparative data and methodological shortcomings hamper an in-depth understanding of similarities and differences in human and animal turn-taking. The EU-funded TURNTAKING project will investigate turn-taking production and comprehension in four primate model systems: human children, chimpanzees (one of humans' closest living relatives), geladas (an Old World monkey species) and common marmosets ( a New World monkey species). It will combine paradigms and measures from conversational analysis and primatology to test whether turn-taking is uniquely human, evolved independently, or represents an ancient mechanism in the primate lineage.

Call for proposal

ERC-2017-COG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK
Address
Neuer Graben/schloss 29
49074 Osnabrueck
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 999 795

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 999 795
Address
Neuer Graben/schloss 29
49074 Osnabrueck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments