Savage-Rumbaugh 1986

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Savage- Rumbaugh et al. (animal language)
To study the language acquisition of two bonobo chimps Kanzi and
Mulika compared to two "common" chimps, Austin and Sherman
Data was gathered over 17 months longitudinal study
Researchers said not experiment
o Could be seen as a Quasi-experiment different chimpanzees
DV= testing the chimps language acquisition
Kanzi 30-47 month/ adopted by Matata who had been in previous
language studies
Mulika 11-21 month/ Kanzis sister
Austin and Sherman Common chimps/ part of an earlier study/ didn't
understand human language/ couldn't define things i.e. types of food.
Lexigrams visual symbol system
o Outdoors= laminated and portable (recorded later on)
o Indoors= computer/ lit up +speak immobile (recorded
o Kazi went from having 8 to 256
o Kazi learnt from his mum and milika learnt from kanzi
Outdoors 55 acre forest
o Food placed in different locations regularly kanzi and careers
spent the days collecting food
o Kanzi and mulika communicated about food
o Kanzi + mulika helped with domestic chores spontaneous
o Watched videos of people + animals they knew
o Played with toys + games
Rearing environment
o Exposed to symbols early on through his mother picked up
spontaneously and used lexigrams later on
o Separated from mother and then preferred human company
o Kanzi enjoyed spending time with mulika
o Separated from mother @ 4 months
o Developed preference for human company
o Only observed Kanzi using lexigrams picked up it

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Savage- Rumbaugh et al. (animal language)
Similarities and difference with Austin and Sherman
Similarities Differences
Opportunity to watch TV Sherman+ Austin trained and Kanzi +
Mulika learnt by observing
Exposure to gesture/ photos/ novel Sherman and Austin didn't learn with
objects/ tests/ discipline voice synthesizer keyboard didn't
understand human voice
Interacted, listen and observe people Sherman and Austin had no outside
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Savage- Rumbaugh et al. (animal language)
Lexigram= a visual symbol system, a board covered with geometric symbols
that brighten when touched
Blind tests= the use of an experimenter who doesn't know the details of the
test and so cannot influence the outcome.…read more


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