chapter  6
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Comparative Perspectives of Brain, Cognition, and Language

ByDuane M. Rumbaugh, William D. Hopkins, David A. Washburn, E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

The origins of language remain controversial. It is held by many that language is unique to the genotype of our species. By implication, even our nearest living relatives - the great apes (Pongidae) - should have no capacity for it. In contrast, the view advanced in this chapter is that language is neither monolithic nor totally beyond the competence of the chimpanzee (Pan).