The Content of Animal Signals

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Animal signals are usually defined as structures or behaviors that evolved in order to carry information about the sender or the environment. They are believed to represent or indicate things; they have some kind of “content”. The nature of that content or information is not well understood, however. Most researchers of animal communication gravitate towards quantitative information concepts when pressed, but some regard information as awkward baggage that had better be jettisoned. In philosophy, animal signals have mostly figured as a foil for discussing human language or as occasional examples in naturalistic accounts of information and representation. They became the subject of focused inquiries over the last decade or so.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds
EditorsKristin Andrews, Jacob Beck
PublisherRoutledge
Pages324-332
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781315742250
ISBN (Print)9781138822887
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017

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NameRoutledge Handbooks in Philosophy
PublisherRoutledge

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Animals
Human Language
Philosophy
Animal Communication

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Stegmann, U. (2017). The Content of Animal Signals. In K. Andrews, & J. Beck (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds (pp. 324-332). [30] (Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy). Routledge.

The Content of Animal Signals. / Stegmann, Ulrich.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. ed. / Kristin Andrews; Jacob Beck. Routledge, 2017. p. 324-332 30 (Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy).

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Stegmann, U 2017, The Content of Animal Signals. in K Andrews & J Beck (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds., 30, Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy, Routledge, pp. 324-332.
Stegmann U. The Content of Animal Signals. In Andrews K, Beck J, editors, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. Routledge. 2017. p. 324-332. 30. (Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy).
Stegmann, Ulrich. / The Content of Animal Signals. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. editor / Kristin Andrews ; Jacob Beck. Routledge, 2017. pp. 324-332 (Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy).
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