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What can we learn from the controversial history of ape language research?

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Contribute to a really cool experiment - see if you can interpret chimpanzee gestures!:
http://www.greatapedictionary.com
Here's a good overview of the ethical and scientific questions around Kanzi and Koko:
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/koko_kanzi_and_ape_language_research_criticism_of_working_conditions_and.html
Here's Herbert Terrace's famouse Science paper:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/primatecognitionlab/References/cananapecreateasentence.pdf
The contentious back and forth between Terrace and Penny Patterson
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1980/10/09/gorilla-talk/
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1980/12/04/more-on-monkey-talk-1/
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1981/04/02/more-on-ape-talk/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.2326-1951.1982.tb02120.x/abstract
One of Terrace's students takes on Patterson's claims:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0093934X79900476
A blistering assessment of Terrace's work from moral philosopher Peter Singer:
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2011/10/13/troubled-life-nim-chimpsky/
Evidence that bonobos have mental representations of words:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-007-0086-3

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