%A Stuart Shanker %A Barbara King %T The Emergence of a New Paradigm in Ape Language Research %X In place of the information-processing model that has hitherto dominated ape language research, we argue that it is imperative that we now shift to a dynamic systems paradigm, which places the emphasis on the dyad rather than the isolated individual; which sees ape communication as a co-regulated process, rather than a linear and discrete sequence; which focuses on the variability of ape communicative behaviours, rather than treating them as phenotypic traits; and which is thus better able to account for both the social complexity and the developmental character of nonhuman primate communicative abilities. %D 2000 %K dynamic systems; co-regulation; apes; language; ape language research; communicatoin; cymbols; brain development %L cogprints906