Monday, 12 May 2014

Kanzi's Lexigram

Iowa Primate Learning Programme.
The lexigrams, abstract symbols representing words, that are used today by the bonobos at Bonobo Hope Sanctuary resulted from the early work by Dr. Duane Rumbaugh and the chimpanzee Lana at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta. Creating lexigrams and connecting them to a computer revolutionized ape language research and led to the establishment of the Language Research Center at Georgia State University. This development of nonspeech communication has also assisted people with learning disabilities. Today, the lexigram panels used by the Trust bonobosrepresent nearly 400 words. The interactive version is here.

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