Kanzi's Primal Language: The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language (Paperback)
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Kanzi's Primal Language: The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language (Paperback)

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Paperback 237 Pages / Published: 01/01/2005
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Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's work on the language capabilities of the bonobo Kanzi has intrigued the world because of its far-reaching implications for understanding the evolution of the human language. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of the filmed language tests. It argues that while the tests prove that Kanzi has language, the even more remarkable manner in which he originally acquired it - spontaneously, in a culture shared with humans - calls for a re-thinking of language, emphasizing its primal cultural dimensions.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349545032
Number of pages: 237
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2005


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'This book caused me to think in exciting new ways about language and its evolution. It represents a groundbreaking addition to the literature on language, situated right at the intersection of a number of disciplines, ranging from anthropology to psychology to linguistics to neuroscience - and of course, philosophy.' Barbara J. King, College of William & Mary, USA

'It has been said that language theorists tend to head for the door on those rare occasions in which Wittgenstein is brough into a lecture. I think Kanzi's Primal Language is just the thing to open their minds to how the kind of conceptual investigation pioneered by Wittgenstein might bear importantly on their interests. The book should also be of interest to philosophers of science, in its provocative challenge to our normal scientific culture...As for those of us who are called upon to interpret and teach Wittgenstein, I believe we will be able to find in it, at the very least, many fresh and illuminating examples to illustrate his ideas and methods.' - William H. Brenner, Philosophical Investigations

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