Journal of Ethology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 41–46 | Cite as

An ethological approach to human language: Nô plays as an example

  • Akiko Momoki
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Abstract

In the framework of our ethological studies on human language, we have made careful and repeated observations of many Nô performances at Nô theatres, with the aid of videos, in order to see what the relationship is between the language and movements of the actors in Nô plays. We have come to the conclusion that Nô plays are highly dependent on the language (Utai); in brief, we can scarcely understand the meanings of the movements without following the words of Utai. This finding also indicates the large dependence of human behaviour on language.

Keywords

Human Behaviour Animal Ecology Human Language Repeated Observation Large Dependence 

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© Japan Ethological Society 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Akiko Momoki
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceKyoto UniversitySakyo, KyotoJapan

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