Apes, Language, and the Human Mind by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

By Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

Present primate study has yielded lovely effects that not just threaten our underlying assumptions concerning the cognitive and communicative talents of nonhuman primates, but additionally convey into query what it capability to be human. on the leading edge of this learn, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh lately has completed a systematic leap forward of remarkable proportions. Her paintings with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has resulted in Kanzi's acquisition of linguistic and cognitive abilities just like these of a and a part year-old human baby.
Apes, Language, and the Human Mind skillfully combines a desirable narrative of the Kanzi learn with incisive serious research of the research's broader linguistic, mental, and anthropological implications. the 1st a part of the ebook presents an in depth, own account of Kanzi's infancy, early life, and upbringing, whereas the second one half addresses the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological concerns raised through the Kanzi examine. The authors speak about the problem to the principles of contemporary cognitive technology offered via the Kanzi learn; the equipment wherein we characterize and evaluation the skills of either primates and people; and the results which ape language learn has for the learn of the evolution of human language. absolute to be arguable, this interesting new quantity deals a thorough revision of the sciences of language and brain, and should be very important examining for all these operating within the fields of primatology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy of brain, and cognitive and developmental psychology.

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He would indicate that he wanted to play the water chase game by saying â water balloonâ and then gesturing toward the hose. To be certain of Kanzi's intent, I would generally rephrase it aloud in English for him. If I had correctly discerned what Kanzi wanted me to do, he would respond with loud, happy vocalizations. â If not, he would studiously ignore me. 47 Kanzi also produces a vocalization that sounds a lot like the whining noise young children make when they want something quite badly that they do not have.

Since we regularly made tapes at the lab, Kanzi understood that a video camera could show him pictures of areas he could not see for himself. We taped the chimps in their long rows of cages outside Kanzi's isolation room. I hoped that he would be able to see that the chimps outside his room were all right, even if they were unhappy. However, the tape was so frightening to Kanzi that he would not even watch it. He turned his head away and asked for tapes of the bunny, Matata, and other things from the Language Center that were comforting and familiar to him.

Wanting to help her feel better in some way, he gently pushed Kelly's hand toward a canteen of water which Rose was holding. Rose asked Kanzi what he wanted, and he replied by pointing to the canteen and then to Kelly's cut, to indicate that Rose should pour some water on Kelly's wound. When Rose complied, Kanzi gently tried to clean the cut. Of course, it was not Kelly's hand that had caused her to scream, but she was so intrigued by the thoughtfulness Kanzi was showing for her that she completely forgot about the pain in her knee.

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