DDL - UMR 5596
ISH - Bat C
14 avenue Berthelot
69007 Lyon
Tél : 04 72 72 64 12
Fax : 04 72 72 65 90

History and Ecology of Language and languages

Themes and actions

 You are here : Home /  Research /  HELAN2 /  Themes and actions  / Action

Team webmaster : Anetta KOPECKA, Brigitte PAKENDORF

Vocal communication in bonobos (Pan paniscus)

  Contact person
Vincent ARNAUD , Francois PELLEGRINO

Scientific framework and objectives

The ADYN- BONOBO project is dedicated to the description of vocal communication in the bonobo (Pan paniscus). It is conducted within a collaboration between DDL, the University of Saint-Étienne and the University of Québec at Chicoutimi, through a multidisciplinary comparative approach combining linguistics, ethology and acoustic phonetics. Its objectives are to achieve a better acoustic characterization of the calls of bonobos and a deeper understanding of the communication system as a whole (through the analysis of call sequences, their functional flexibility and their complexity).

Funded by ASLAN (responsible: Florence Levrero, St-Étienne), this project led to the organization of two workshops (in February and June 2017), and to the acoustic analysis of a corpus of more than 5000 vocalizations recorded in three European zoos (assistant: Xavier St-Gelais, UQAC). This collaboration has since been extended and led to the recruitment of Elisa Demuru for a postdoctoral fellowship as part of a broader study on vocal and gestural interactions in the bonobo.

It should be noted that the youth magazine Soucoupe Volante coordinated by La Rotonde (Mines Saint-Étienne), the Planetarium of Saint-Étienne and the Redpath Museum of McGill University published a popular science article dedicated to this project.


They talked about it in the press:

  Financial support
  • Financement de projet ASLAN
    ADYN-BONOBO Project
    Labex ASLAN - Université de Lyon

ASLAN -  Université de Lyon -  CNRS -  Université Lumière Lyon 2 -  MSH-LSE -  IXXI -  DDL :  Contact |  Terms of use |