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By Joel Wallman

This booklet is a critique of the experiments of contemporary years that attempted to educate language to apes. The achievements of those animals are in comparison with the common improvement of language, either spoken and signed kinds, in youngsters. it really is argued that the apes in those stories obtained basically crude simulations of language instead of language itself and that there's no reliable facts that apes can gather a language. A survey of the communique structures of apes and monkeys in nature reveals that those platforms fluctuate from language in profound ways--language is a uniquely human characteristic.

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In addition, the "Sarah" token need not have had any semantic content, since Sarah would certainly know anyway that it was she who was to solve the problem presented - no one else ever did. Similarly, "insert" was probably superfluous, considering the sequence of training problems, in which she did nothing but insert. 6 In short, Sarah could have solved this problem type merely by following such a nonsyntactic strategy as "Operate on all of the objects listed before the name of a container in the manner specified by the verb at the end of the sequence" (Terrace 1979a, p.

In 1979 Koko, Michael, and Patterson moved from their Stanford residence to an empty farm in Woodside, California. It is unclear whether Patterson has continued her research program here, since no scientific publications on the project have appeared since 1981, although funding solicitations for the Gorilla Foundation have continued. Mm The Nim project of Terrace and colleagues (Terrace 1979b, 1981; Terrace et al. 13 Nim Chimpsky, named by Terrace in a whimsical transformation of "Noam Chomsky," lived in an apartment with a human family14 until he was 18 months old, when he was moved to a mansion in Riverdale, New York, owned by Columbia University.

Ristau and Robbins (1979) were the first to point out another flaw in the Lana-project methodology. As mentioned above, the researchers claimed that Lana was sensitive to the ordering of elements in Yerkish as evidenced by her use of the period key to terminate her own ungrammatical sentence beginnings or those created by others. This use of the period key was not part of the training design - Lana developed it spontaneously (Rumbaugh and Gill 1977). The problem with this interpretation of Lana's use of the period key is obvious and severe: How does one "know" that Lana meant "erase," "ignore," or "I didn't mean that" or that Lana meant merely to end her sentence?

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