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Kanzi's Primal Language: The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language

By: P Segerdahl, W Fields and S Savage-Rumbaugh

237 pages, no illustrations

Palgrave

Hardback | Aug 2005 | #157382 | ISBN: 1403996040
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NHBS Price: £83.99 $106/€100 approx

About this book

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's work on the language capabilities of the bonobo Kanzi has intrigued the world because of its far-reaching implications for understanding the evolution of the human language. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of the filmed language tests. It argues that while the tests prove that Kanzi has language, the even more remarkable manner in which he originally acquired it - spontaneously, in a culture shared with humans - calls for a re-thinking of language, emphasizing its primal cultural dimensions.


Contents

Acknowledgements; Kanzi Acquires Language in a Forest in Georgia; Design Features of Language; Ambiguous Human Culture; What Does It Mean to Study Language?; Summary: The Catalogue of Design Features; Appendix 1: The Apes; Appendix 2: The Keyboard; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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