Sentence Structure in Chimpanzee Communication

  • David McNeill
Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE)


There are now two experiments on teaching chimpanzees a human language that have been in some sense successful (Gardner & Gardner 1971; Premack 1971b). It is an appropriate time to review these experiments in an attempt to determine what they have demonstrated.


Noun Phrase Word Order Sentence Structure American Sign Language Human Language 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • David McNeill
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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