A Cultural Approach to Language Learning

  • William A. Hillix
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


The Language Research Center (LRC) where Drs. Duane Rumbaugh and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh work is a scatter of buildings on 50 acres of gorgeous Georgia pines within the boundaries of Decatur, Georgia. Decatur is a suburb of, and continuous with, the great southern city of Atlanta. Within these buildings are dispersed several chimpanzees, at least seven bonobos (formerly called pygmy chimpanzees) and several rhesus macaques. Up a rocky, sometimes muddy, road along the borders of this Georgia State University property is a wooden house that seems virtually to grow out of the trees that surround it. You always need a high clearance vehicle to get there, and when it rains you had better have a 4-wheel drive. Sue lives there, and Nyota, a 4-year-old bonobo, has been living there with Sue almost as often as with his bonobo mother, Panbanisha.


Language Learn Sign Language Cultural Approach Human Child Pygmy Chimpanzee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Hillix
    • 1
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychology and BiologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Iowa Primate Learning SanctuaryDes MoinesUSA

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