Kanzi’s Primal Language

The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language

  • Authors
  • Pär Segerdahl
  • William Fields
  • Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pär Segerdahl, William Fields, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
    Pages 1-25
  3. Pär Segerdahl, William Fields, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
    Pages 27-93
  4. Pär Segerdahl, William Fields, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
    Pages 95-157
  5. Pär Segerdahl, William Fields, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
    Pages 159-199
  6. Pär Segerdahl, William Fields, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
    Pages 201-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-237

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230513389
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-54503-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51338-9
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