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On the murky dissociation between expression and communication

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 February 2023

Elizabeth Warren
Affiliation:
School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9JP, UK ew84@st-andrews.ac.uk jc276@st-andrews.ac.uk; https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/josep-call(e16c323e-1faa-4dc8-8b9c-f6e9432766a2).html
Josep Call
Affiliation:
School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9JP, UK ew84@st-andrews.ac.uk jc276@st-andrews.ac.uk; https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/josep-call(e16c323e-1faa-4dc8-8b9c-f6e9432766a2).html
György Gergely
Affiliation:
Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, 1100 Vienna, Austria gergelygy@ceu.edu; https://people.ceu.edu/gyorgy_gergely

Abstract

The authors present an ambitious attempt to outline the gradual evolution of the cognitive foundations of ostensive communication. We focus on three problematic aspects of the distinction between expression and communication: ambiguity in the distinction's central principle of “complementary mechanisms,” inconsistencies in the application of the distinction across taxa, and the dismissal of mentalizing in nonhuman primates.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press

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