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Apes, Language, and the Human Mind
Current primate research has yielded stunning results that not only threaten our underlying assumptions about the cognitive and communicative abilities of nonhuman primates, but also bring into question what it means to be human. At the forefront of this research, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh recently has achieved a scientific breakthrough of impressive proportions. Her work with K ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published June 18th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1998)
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I enjoyed the first half of this book which describes in excruciating detail the nature of her work with Bonobos. The second half of the book provides a detailed analysis of language and how our historical understanding exempts apes from a capacity for it. I was not prepared for the degree of deep philosophical study towards language and syntax. I was more interested in the first half of the book, which describes the Bonobos and their fascinating communication skills. Still very worthwhile to re ...more