Animal Communication - Anthropology

Animal Communication - Anthropology - Anthropology 116...

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Anthropology 116 – Animal Communication Language Training o Trying to teach language to chimps Failed o Raised a chimp as a child and in the process tried to teach it to speak Learned only about a dozen words Vocal Anatomy o Brain is large enough however they lack a vocal apparatus o As humans get older the larynx moves higher up – allows for communication o Chimps push air out of their chest – can’t resonate sound out of the pharynx Sign Language o Washoe – Chimp Was a huge success o Koko – Gorilla He learned grammar He had a substantial vocabulary Variation in the ability to learn sign language o Kanzi A bonobo Knows sign language Understands English and can respond with sign language Genius bonobo? Taught at a young age Ability to create new signs? Water bird o How to teach language to these chimps If taught by memorization opposed to functionality will there be a difference? Huge difference
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course ANTH 3303 taught by Professor Hadder during the Spring '11 term at Texas State.

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