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How apes get into and out of joint actions: Shared intentionality as an interactional achievement

Emilie Genty, Raphaela Heesen, Jean-Pascal Guéry, Federico Rossano, Klaus Zuberbühler & Adrian Bangerter

Abstract Compared to other animals, humans appear to have a special motivation to share experiences and mental states with others (Clark, 2006; Grice, 1975), which enables them to enter a condition of ‘we’ or shared intentionality (Tomasello & Carpenter,
2005). Shared intentionality has been suggested to be an evolutionary response to unique problems faced in complex joint action coordination (Levinson, 2006; Tomasello, Carpenter, Call, Behne, & Moll, 2005) and to be unique to humans (Tomasello, 2014). The theoretical and empirical bases for this claim, however, present several issues and inconsistencies. Here, we suggest that shared intentionality can be approached as an interactional achievement, and that by studying how our closest relatives, the great apes, coordinate joint action with conspecifics, we might demonstrate some correlate abilities of shared intentionality, such as the appreciation of joint commitment. We provide seven examples from bonobo joint activities to illustrate our framework.
   
Keywords shared intentionality, joint action, coordination, joint commitment, language, great apes, bonobos, chimpanzees
   
Citation Genty, E., Heesen, R., Guéry, J. P., Rossano, F., Zuberbühler, K., & Bangerter, A. (2021). How apes get into and out of joint actions: Shared intentionality as an interactional achievement. Interaction Studies, 999999(999999), 999999-999999.
   
Type Journal article (English)
Date of appearance 31-12-2021
Journal Interaction Studies
Volume 999999
Issue 999999
Pages 999999-999999
URL https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/15720381