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

ISBN-10: 0195109864

ISBN-13: 9780195109863

ISBN-10: 019514712X

ISBN-13: 9780195147124

ISBN-10: 1423741315

ISBN-13: 9781423741312

Present primate examine has yielded attractive effects that not just threaten our underlying assumptions concerning the cognitive and communicative talents of nonhuman primates, but in addition deliver into query what it skill to be human. on the leading edge of this study, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh lately has completed a systematic step forward of extraordinary proportions. Her paintings with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has resulted in Kanzi's acquisition of linguistic and cognitive talents 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 study with incisive serious research of the research's broader linguistic, mental, and anthropological implications. the 1st a part of the booklet offers a close, 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 study. The authors speak about the problem to the principles of recent cognitive technological know-how offered through the Kanzi learn; the tools in which we characterize and overview the skills of either primates and people; and the consequences which ape language study has for the examine of the evolution of human language. guaranteed to be arguable, this fascinating new quantity deals an intensive revision of the sciences of language and brain, and may be vital studying for all these operating within the fields of primatology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy of brain, and cognitive and developmental psychology.

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He was aware of my trick, however, and today he came up behind me and grabbed the bag out of my hand before I had a chance to scatter even a few M&Ms on the ground. All the M&Ms went into his mouth at one time. After Kanzi ate the M&Ms, he began to look tired. It was getting to be midday, the time at which both Kanzi and bonobos in the wild usually take a nap. â It was a long way back to the bedroom, at least a forty-minute walk, and Kanzi looked too sleepy to make the trip, so I suggested that he take his nap at Flatrock.

Something about the night turns him into a motor mouth and I frequently get headaches when I put him to bed from his incessant chattering! As he drinks his nightly glass of water, stretched out on his back, he also feels an obligation to continue his conversation. With a large mouthful of water he looks just like a little fountain, bubbling over, as he tries to talk and drink at the same time. Even as he slows down and can barely even move due to fatigue, he still deems it necessary to answer each of my questions with some sort of verbal comment.

We often taped these appearances, and Kanzi loved these tapes best of all. Kanzi combined other words on his keyboard to indicate a desire to see specific things, but there were no names on his keyboard for many of the videotapes he liked to watch. To help him, photographs of the contents of these videotapes were pasted on the tape cartridges themselves, so that he could select the one he wanted. Kanzi had quickly become a sophisticated television viewer. When he watched tapes of events that had taken place in the forest or near the lab, he could reliably discern where he had seen someone hide a ball or surprise and then travel to that place to recover the coveted item.

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