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Animal Vocal Communication
Assessment and Management Roles

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107052253

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  • How do animals communicate using sounds? How did animal vocal communication arise and evolve? Exploring a new way to conceptualize animal communication, this new edition moves beyond an earlier emphasis on the role of senders in managing receiver behaviour, to examine how receivers' responses influence signalling. It demonstrates the importance of the perceiver role in driving the evolution of communication, for instance in mimicry, and thus shifts the emphasis from a linguistic to a form/function approach to communication. Covering a wide range of animals from frogs to humans, this new edition includes new sections on human prosodic elements in speech, the vocal origins of smiles and laughter and deliberately irritating sounds and is ideal for researchers and students of animal behaviour and in fields such as sensory biology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

    • Illustrates the relationship between form, function and vocal signal evolution, an historically neglected subject that is now a booming area of research
    • Shifts the emphasis from a linguistic to a form/function approach, prompting students and researchers to think 'outside the box' on animal communication
    • Includes new sections on human prosodic elements in speech and the vocal origins of smiles and laughter, music in relation to motivation-structural rules and deliberately irritating sounds such as infant crying and primate screams
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    '[Morton] presents a serious discussion of how we should view the evolution and function of animal vocal communication. For anyone interested in this most compelling of all animal behaviors, this book is well worth the time and effort.' Michael Ryan, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107052253
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. The informationizing of communication
    2. The roles of assessment and management in communication
    3. Form and function in vocal communication
    4. Mechanisms and proximate processes of vocal communication
    5. Assessment/management: a viable replacement for the metaphor of transmitted information
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Eugene S. Morton, York University, Toronto
    Eugene S. Morton is a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at York University, Toronto. He specializes in migratory bird behavioural ecology, mating systems in birds and saturniid moths, animal communication and avian/plant coevolution. He received the William Brewster Award from the American Ornithologists' Union in 1995 for his ornithological research.

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