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Critique of Primate Sign Language Research Report : In the picture, Moja is employing the begging gesture. The caption explains that Moja is signing “come” The chimps “use sign language to communicate with each other, especially during play and when changing location Critique : The use of a single natural gesture is promoted as the use of sign language. A failure to differentiate between natural gestures and signs
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Critique of Primate Sign Language Research Report : the use of novel combination, e.g., Waxhoe’s signing “water bird” for swan Critique : One cannot interpret the combination as meaningful without knowing what proportion of combinations were sensible and what proportion nonsensical. Are only those double signs that appear meaningful being reported, but, in fact, are accidents of chance? Was Washoe referring to “a bird of the water” or simply signing for water and bird in succession as two responses to two stimuli?
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Critique of Primate Sign Language Research Report:
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2011 for the course HUM 201 taught by Professor David during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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