Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

A new paradigm?

John D. Bonvillian a1 and Francine G. P. Patterson a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400 http://
a2 The Gorilla Foundation/, P. O. Box 620530, Woodside, CA 94062


Shanker & King argue for a shift in the focus of ape language research from an emphasis on information processing to a dynamic systems approach. We differ from these authors in our understanding of how this “new paradigm” emerged and in our perceptions of its limitations. We see information processing and dynamic systems as complementary approaches in the study of communication.