Chapter 4. Non-Verbal Communication (NVC) in Non-Human Creatures

  1. W. Peter Robinson

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470753453.ch4

Language in Social Worlds

Language in Social Worlds

How to Cite

Robinson, W. P. (ed) (2003) Non-Verbal Communication (NVC) in Non-Human Creatures, in Language in Social Worlds, Blackwell Publishers Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470753453.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631193357

Online ISBN: 9780470753453



  • non-verbal communication (NVC);
  • non-human creatures;
  • speech activities;
  • semantics;
  • living organisms


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Avoiding Starvation and Predation

  • Achieving Reproduction

  • Criteria of Competitive Advantage

  • Animal NVC in Relation to Functions of Language

  • F1 to F9: Vocalization in the Eastern Phoebe: Ambiguities and their resolution

  • Features Common to Animals and Human Beings

  • Discussion