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ERIC Number: EJ826235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
ME . . . ME . . . WASHOE: An Appreciation
King, Barbara J.
Sign Language Studies, v8 n3 p315-323 Spr 2008
Washoe, the chimpanzee pioneer who learned aspects of American Sign Language, died in October 2007. In reviewing her life and accomplishments, this article focuses on Washoe's status as an ape and a person, and on the role of emotion in language learning and language use. It argues that Washoe's legacy stems not from the number of ASL signs she could be said to have acquired or how many word combinations she created. Rather, it stems from Washoe's ability to cause humans to think and feel about apes who think and feel, and to reflect upon the continuity among animal communication, ape symboling, and human language. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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