Savage-Rumbaugh

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  • Savage-Rumbaugh
    • Aim
      • To study language acquisition of two pygmy Chimpanzees compared with two common chimpanzees
    • Participants
      • Common
        • Austin
        • Sherman
      • Pygmy
        • Kanzi
        • Mulika
    • Method
      • Longitudinal Study
      • Data gathered over a 10 year period, but study is over 17 months
      • Lexigram
    • Findings
      • Use of Gestures
        • 6 and 16 months of age - Kanzi and Mulika
      • Vocabulary
        • Kanzi
          • Peanut
          • Austin
          • Chase
        • Mulika
          • Mulika
          • Milk
          • M&M
      • Kanzi and Mulika
        • Comprehend lexigrams with ease
        • Comprehend English spoken words
        • Used lexigrams specifically
        • Able to refer to requests involving others
      • Austin and Sherman
        • Never formed requests that had someone other than themselves as the beneficiary
        • Used broad catagories
        • Not spontaneous
    • Conclusion
      • Pygmy Chimps have the capacity to understand language
      • Pygmy chimps exhibit symbolic and auditory perceptual skills that are distinctly different from those of common chimps

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