Title: Kanzi's Primal Language
Subtitle: The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Pär Segerdahl, Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University, Sweden
Author: William Fields, Great Ape Trust of Iowa, Des Moines (GATI), USA
Author: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Georgia State University, USA.
Hardback: ISBN: 1403996040 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
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.