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I am particularly interested in learning and teaching practices in the egalitarian hunter-gatherer context. I have conducted fieldwork among BaMbendjele Yaka Pygmies in the Republic of Congo. You can download my thesis here: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043002/
Teaching likely evolved in humans to facilitate the faithful transmission of complex tasks. As the oldest evidenced hunting technology, spear hunting requires acquiring several complex physical and cognitive competencies. In this study, we used observational and interview data collected among BaYaka foragers (Republic of the Congo) to test the pred...
Humans are considered superior to other species in their tool using skills. However, most of our knowledge about animals comes from observations in artificial conditions with individuals removed from their natural environment. We present a first comparison of humans and chimpanzees spontaneously acquiring the same technique as they forage in their...
This thesis is based on ethnographic research conducted with Mbendjele BaYaka Pygmy hunter-gatherers of Likouala Region, Congo-Brazzaville for eighteen months from 2013 to 2015. The primary goals of this thesis are: (1) to present three key contexts for educating children about Mbendjele practices and values; (2) to analyse ethnographic observation...
Congo Basin hunter-gatherer societies are said to share cultural models, such as egalitarianism, respect for individual autonomy, and the process of giving and sharing. In this paper, we assume foundational schemas as any coherence connected to these cultural models at a fundamental level. In describing the process of reproduction and acquisition o...
Objectives: According to the technical intelligence hypothesis, humans are superior to all other animal species in understanding and using tools. However, the vast majority of comparative studies between humans and chimpanzees, both proficient tool users, have not controlled for the effects of age, prior knowledge, past experience, rearing conditi...
I am working on linguistic glossing of Mbendjee Yaka (BantuC10) language and I have problem with this 'tééééééé'. Any advice on how to figure out whether it is ideophone or expletive? Thank you.
a-kóm-a mo-kaŋda aŋgwí tééééééé
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