Group Title: Vocal communication in an introduced colony of feral rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) /
Title: Vocal communication in an introduced colony of feral rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
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Title: Vocal communication in an introduced colony of feral rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
Physical Description: xi, 136 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Peters, Elizabeth Helen, 1946- ( Dissertant )
Maples, William R. ( Thesis advisor )
Kaufmann, John H. ( Reviewer )
Lieberman, Leslie S. ( Reviewer )
Burns, Allan F. ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1983
Copyright Date: 1983
Subjects / Keywords: Animal sounds   ( lcsh )
Animal communication   ( lcsh )
Anthropology thesis Ph. D   ( lcsh )
Rhesus monkey -- Behavior   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Anthropology -- UF   ( lcsh )
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Abstract: Vocal communication in a free-ranging group of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) was examined in order to provide baseline data on the social use of vocalizations in a complex environment. The subjects were a natural troop of feral monkeys inhabiting the banks of the Silver River near Silver Springs, Florida. Vocalizations were recorded and accompanying behavioral data collected using both ad libitum and sequence sampling. Spectrograms were made of representative vocalizations and a catalogue was constructed delineating both the physical characteristics of the sounds and their social usage. Functional, as well as acoustic, criteria were used to distinguish calls, analogous to the manner in which phonemes are distinguished. The present catalogue was compared with other catalogues previously published for rhesus monkeys and other species of macaque. Both the stereotypy of some calls and the graded nature of other calls were noted. It was suggested that all calls could best be understood as the result of position along a series of form gradients, with stereotypic calls occupying relatively invariant positions and "graded" calls occupying variable positions along one or more gradients. The possibility that meaning may be the result of position along multiple form-meaning gradients was also suggested as a constrast to the standard assumption that meaning is categorically coded. Evidence for individualization was examined for the call designated the "basic coo." Although usually referred to as a contact call, the individualized nature of this call suggests that it may function to provide a maintenance level of individualized interaction between group members, necessary to inhibit xenophobic aggression within the group.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 1983.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 126-135.
Statement of Responsibility: by Elizabeth Helen Peters.
Original Version: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00098629
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 000352666
oclc - 09818107
notis - ABZ0642


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