Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind

Bibliographic Collection: 
Anthropogeny, APE
Publication Type: Book
Authors: Savage-Rumbaugh, E. Sue; Lewin, Roger
Year of Publication: 1994
Number of Pages: 299
Publisher: Wiley
City: New York
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 047115959X
Keywords: Animal communication., Bonobo, Chimpanzees, Kanzi (Bonobo), Learning in animals

When ape-language research fell into disfavor in the 1970s, Savage-Rumbaugh, associate professor of biology at Georgia State Univ. and a leading researcher in the field, set a new course, focusing on apes' ability to comprehend symbols. At the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta, she worked with common chimpanzees and bonobos (pygmy chimps), using a computer-based keyboard system. With Roger Lewin (coauthor with Richard Leakey of Origins), she tells the remarkable story of Kanzi, a bonobo who at 14 understands spoken English well enough that his teachers spell out words they don't want him to hear. He asks and answers questions and invents games by manipulating an electronic keyboard. His accomplishments prove chimps can spontaneously acquire language skills through social interaction in a language-rich environment. For readers interested in the origin of language and those who have followed Washoe, Koko and Lucy.1. On a Beach in Portugal -- 2. The Meaning of Words -- 3. Talking to Each Other -- 4. An Uncommon Ape -- 5. First Glimpse -- 6. Inside Kanzi's Mind -- 7. Childside -- 8. Pan, the Tool-Maker -- 9. The Origin of Language -- 10. At the Brink of the Human Mind

Label: 1994
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