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Apes, Language, and the Human Mind

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ISBN-10: 019514712X

ISBN-13: 9780195147124

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

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Current primate research has yielded stunning results that not only threaten our underlying assumptions about the cognitive and communicative abilities of nonhuman primates, but also bring into question what it means to be human. At the forefront of this research, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh recently has achieved a scientific breakthrough of impressive proportions. Her work with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has led to Kanzi's acquisition of linguistic and cognitive skills similar tothose of a two and a half year-old human child. Apes, Language, and the Human Mind skillfully combines a fascinating narrative of the Kanzi research with incisive critical analysis of the research's broader linguistic, psychological, and anthropological implications. The first part of the book provides a detailed, personal account of Kanzi's infancy, youth, and upbringing, while the second part addresses the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues raised by the Kanzi research. The authors discuss the challenge to thefoundations of modern cognitive science presented by the Kanzi research; the methods by which we represent and evaluate the abilities of both primates and humans; and the implications which ape language research has for the study of the evolution of human language. Sure to be controversial, this exciting newvolume offers a radical revision of the sciences of language and mind, and will be important reading for all those working in the fields of primatology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive and developmental psychology.
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.21" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Part I. Entry into Language 1. Bringing up Kanzi Kanzi: The Ape Who Crossed the Line Would A Bonobo Learn Language? Mother and Child Kanzi Had Been Keeping a Secret Morning Exploits Travels in the Forest Evening Tours Living with Kanzi Theory of Mind Syntax Grasped What Kanzi Tells Us Part II. Theoretical and Philosophical Implications 2. Philosophical Preconceptions The Cartesian Revolution Praedicet Ergo Est: It Predicts Therefore It Is The Cartesian Mind as "Folk" Theorist Cartesian Bifurcation versus Mechanist Continuity Becoming a Person The "Charm" of the Theory of Mind Thesis The Cartesian Hierarchy of Psychological Concepts The Ascent of Pan "The Constitutional Uncertainty of the Mental" 3. Rhetorical Inclinations "Sure, But Does He Really Understand What We Say?" Evaluating Metalinguistic Claims: Logical Prerequisites The Commonsense Picture of Communication Animal Research and the Scarlet Letter The Epistemological Conception and Its Methodological Legacy Methodological Reductivism Methodological Operationalism Metalanguage as Cultural Technique 4. Beyond Speciesism Apes Have Language: So What? Our Shared Heritage Primal Man Wholistic Intelligence Hierarchical Intelligence Language and Mind Linguistics and the Innateness Conundrum The Problem Posed by Kanzi and Alternate Resolutions The Issue of Intentionality Social Constructionism The Perspectival Shift Driven by Kanzi Quine's Dilemma and Locke's Puzzle Why Kanzi Could Not Be Ignored The Malleability of the Nervous System The Achievement of Meaning - with Language The Achievement of Meaning Unbuttoned: The Emergence of the Social Contract The New Lens: Moving Beyond Speciesism Notes References Index