Representative publications

Engesser, S., Holub, J.L., O'Neill, L.G., Russell, A.F. & Townsend, S.W. (2019) Chestnut-crowned babbler calls are composed of meaningless shared building blocks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 119(39)19579-19584.

Engesser, S. & Townsend, S.W. (2019). Combinatoriality in the vocal system of non-human animals. WIRES Cognitive Science, 10(4):e1493.

Townsend, S.W., Engesser, S., Stoll, S., Zuberbühler, K. & Bickel, B. (2018). Compositionality in animals and humans. PLoS Biology 16(8):e2006425.

Engesser, S., Ridley, A.R., Manser, M.B., Manser, A. & Townsend, S.W. (2018). Internal acoustic structuring in pied babbler recruitment cries specifies the form of recruitment. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/ary088.

Townsend, S.W., Koski, S.E., Byrne, R.W., Bickel, B., Böckle, M., Burkart, J.M., Flower, T., Gaunet, F., Glock, H.J., Goncalves, I.D.B., Gruber, T., Jansen, D.A.W.A.M., Liebal, K., Linke, A., Miklosi, Moore, R., van Schaik, C., Slocombe, K.E., Stoll, S., Vail, A., Wild, M., Waller, B., Zuberbühler, K. & Manser, M. B. (2016). Exorcising Grice’s ghost: an empirical approach to studying intentional communication in animals. Biological Reviews.

Engesser, S., Ridley, A. & Townsend, S.W. (2016). Meaningful call combinations and compositional processing in the Southern Pied Babbler. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113, 5976-5981. 

Engesser, S., Crane, M.S., Savage, J.L., Russell, A.F. & Townsend, S.W. (2015). Experimental evidence for phoneme structure in the vocal system of a non-human. PLoS Biology 13(6): e1002171. 

Watson, S., Townsend, S.W.*, Schel, A.M., Wilke, C., Wallace, E. Cheng, L., West, V. & Slocombe, K.E. (2015). Vocal Learning in the Functionally Referential Food Grunts of Chimpanzees. Current Biology 25, 1-5. * Corresponding author 

Collier, K., Bickel, B., van Schaik, C., Manser, M.B. & Townsend, S.W. (2014). Language evolution: Syntax before phonology? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, 1788 20140263.

Mazzini, F.*, Townsend, S.W.*, Viranye, Z. & Range, F. (2013). Wolf howling is mediated by relationship quality rather than underlying emotional stress. Current Biology 23, 1677–1680. *Joint first author 


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