If research on the child’s acquisition of language is blocked by an invisibility, what about research, still quite controversial, on the acquisition of human language by chimpanzees and gorillas? There is an invisibility there too — but partly of a different kind.
KeywordsNonhuman Primate Vocal Tract American Sign Human Language Arbitrary Sign
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