Applying Human Interactive and Communicative Theories to Ringtailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Communication

Laura M. Bolt


The ringtailed lemur (Lemur catta) of Madagascar has been the flagship species for lemur communication research over the past forty years. This article offers a preliminary investigation on how theories about human interaction and communication by Erving Goffman, Emanuel Schegloff, and Jack Sidnell can be applied to L. catta social interaction. Through drawing from human interaction studies, there is potential for L. catta communication scholarship to become more nuanced and yield more informative ethological models.

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