Aping Language by Joel WallmanAping Language by Joel Wallman

Aping Language

byJoel Wallman

Paperback | October 30, 1992

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This book is a critique of the experiments of recent years that tried to teach language to apes. The achievements of these animals are compared with the natural development of language, both spoken and signed forms, in children. It is argued that the apes in these studies acquired merely crude simulations of language rather than language itself and that there is no good evidence that apes can acquire a language. A survey of the communication systems of apes and monkeys in nature finds that these systems differ from language in profound ways--language is a uniquely human attribute.
Title:Aping LanguageFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:204 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:October 30, 1992Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521406668

ISBN - 13:9780521406666


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Part I. Background: 1. Introduction; 2. History of the ape-language projects; Part II. The Artificial-Language Projects: 3. The Lana project; 4. The Sarah project; Part III. Apes and Language: Ontogeny: 5. Words; 6. Sentences; Part IV. Apes and Language: Phylogeny: 7. Language, evolution, and anatomy; 8. Primate communication in nature; Part V. Conclusion: 9. The chimpanzee and the Chinese room; Notes; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...a conscientious, rational book that not only reviews the many and varied 'ape language' experiments of the last two decades, but reviews the copntroversy itself." Semiotica